Hello Izzygirl.....Of course, your NOT stupid for posting this...You are not the first to post about this heartache and unfortunately, you won't be the last.....We have Many, many threads about kidney disease/failure...We have so many, it would be impossible to read them all.....I'm sorry you and your Izzy are faced with this difficult disease.....Let me go dig up some threads...I believe you will feel better after you read what others have to say.....My heart goes out to you.....Let me go find some threads.....Karla
First, let me say my heart breaks for you... I had to make "that" decision just last week with my 16 y/o Chihuahua for they same horrible disease.
When they show no interest in food or water, are sleeping all the time, are eliminating less and less and toxins building up in their system, there is no quality of life.
Sure you'll have good days, I believe they give those to us because WE need it, but everyone told me "she'll let you know when it's time," and she did.
Still here 9 months later after the diagnosis speaks volumes of your love and care for her, and I think you know in your heart of hearts what is right around the corner, and will do the right thing because you love her so.
Prayer going out to both of you as you both enter into a new journey in life.
Hello. I just wanted to underline what Karla has already said and say you are in good company here. Lots of us have had to face the situation you are in now - and we all go through a very similar process. It is a heartwrenching decision to have to consider, but as responsible dog parents, we do have to think about it and make a decision one way or another.
Much depends on how much of her kidneys are still functioning - and your vet should be able to tell you. Anything less than 25% is an indication that the end is close, because the body cannot then deal with the gradual build up of toxins and management with fluid therapy and other things that are helpful earlier, may now not be helping very much at all.
Sadly, I think it's going to be a very tough few days coming up. No one can tell you when the time has come, but your vet can give you the information you need to make a decision. In the end, the only person that can truly tell you whether the time has arrived, is your own dog. Look into her eyes. She will talk to you and say either no, the time isn't here yet; or she will say, mum, I'm ready to go.
I wish I could say something to make you feel better, but I can't and I'm very sorry that I can't. My heart goes out to you during this dreadful time. Please come back and chat anytime you like.
Thank you so much for the threads, they were very helpful. I've been reading them on and off all day. We were unable to go to the vet today because we are stuck in Snowmeggedon in Atlanta and everything is closed. It's been a blessing and a curse. She's been right beside me all day, and I feel that has been a great comfort to both of us. Not much has changed. She did drink some water and ate a couple pieces of turkey that I fed her by hand. She's also producing a bad odor that I haven't really noticed (as bad) before. Hopefully, we will be able to go tomorrow, and see what her levels are. Thank you for being kind and supportive, I really need that right now. Many people, even family, just don't understand. I love her as much as one of my own children, and I think she loves me just as much. I keep hoping that she will give me an answer to what she wants. I feel like she is torn too. That may sound crazy, but there are moments where I thing she is about to go, and then there are moments where I feel like she just wants to be with me.
Thank you for your kind words. I'm still hoping she will let me know, or I just don't think I can do this.
I meant to add, I don't know if this will help, but it might. Have a read: http://www.infobarrel.com/When_a_Pet_Dog_Dies
Cyber hugs, Tony