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I have a thirteen year old Keeshond and an eleven year old Australian Shepherd. These are my first dogs and I don't really know any one with dogs this age. They have both been loved and fed very well and very healthy all their lives. We have luckily only had to go to the doctor for checkups/shots their whole lives.<br><br>
My Keeshond who is thirteen is starting to have accidents in the house. I am taking her to the vet today to check for bladder/kidney problems, but part of me is wondering if this is going to be the "beginning of the end"?<br><br>
I don't really know what the end of life process is for dogs? I feel ignorant for not knowing this, but it's not exactly something that's "in the book" if you know what I mean and I don't know anyone in real life that this has happened to. Is there an order to the way dogs age/decline/pass?<br><br>
I so appreciate any advice any one can give...
 

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We had our 11 year-old springer spaniel put down a couple of months ago. We think he had a stroke, as he had a very difficult time getting up off the floor. Once he did, he was generally okay. But you could tell he was hurting a lot, and his quality of life was way down. I hope I don't get flamed for this, but part of our decision had to do with our then 13mo DD, who was wont to go up and tackle the dogs. With him feeling badly, we were really worried that he'd bite her--not really on purpose, but just as a reaction to being startled/hurt. As the vet pointed out before the procedure, he wouldn't have meant to do it and likely would have felt a great deal of doggie guilt about it, but it wasn't a risk I/we were willing to take. And the vet made us feel like that was the right decision.<br><br>
Anyway, that was my personal experience. It really ultimately came down to that quality of life issue, and the potential for trouble with the baby.
 

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For our beloved Siberian Husky, it was about pain managment and quality of life. When the high-powered pain meds didn't work, I knew it was time, and the next morning, we had her put down. She had had a cancerous tumor (well, most of it) removed over a year before, and when she started exhibiting signs of being in pain, we knew it had come back. Poor girl.<br><br>
I still miss her. I will always miss her. She was our baby before we had a baby.
 

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I believe you just know. They will tell you with their eyes and you just know it's time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I actually got a urines sample from my Keeshond! It really looks fine. I guess I will talk to the vet. Other than this she seems fine?<br><br>
Thank-you for sharing. I guess our babies are pretty much like humans from what you are saying? Strokes, cancer etc...I am hoping it will be obvious when there is just no quality of life or pain is too great. And not one day before or after.<br><br>
Tearing up now, time to go to the vet...
 

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We just lost our 15 1/2 year old Chocloate Lab a few weeks ago. She was very sick with arthiritis, lung and heart problems as well as tumors on her skin. First, her activity decreased, except at dinner time. She lost most of her teeth, so eating became more difficult, but her enthusiasm for eating was still there. Next, her breathing became more and more labored, she started to have accidents in the house as she couldn't move outside fast enough. She really slowed down. Finally, she stopped eating and drinking all together. That was the final sign that the end was near. Within 3 days, she died peacefully on the kitchen floor with loved ones around her.<br><br>
So sorry you're going through this. It is so difficult.<br><br>
Sandy
 

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The bladder issue may be easily resolved. It's ALWAYS the "Beginning of the end" as is a life process.<br><br>
For our beloved animals, and imo the "END" is when they take their last breath or when we, as their "dog mama's" know their quality of life is no longer even satisfactory. ie- they cannot move around on their own anymore. THey have no control of their functions.
 

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Thanks to all again.<br><br>
My kee's had a "few" white blood cells in her urine, but her blood work came back perfect! So she is being treated for a bladder infection only!<br><br>
My Aussie has white blood cells in her blood? So the Doctor said to watch her and if she seems to have any problems to bring her back in.<br><br>
Other than that they are both very healthy and fit and both lost some weight that they needed to.<br><br>
Now I am wondering if this has anything to do with the dog food? As neither one has ever been sick before. I do check the recall boards everyday and so far mine is not on it.<br><br>
I guess from what I am hearing "decline" is hard to define, but you will know it when you see it and it is pretty much like humans.. Thank-you again..<br><br>
I am so very sorry for all of your losses with your babies..Thank-you for sharing your stories and educating me...
 
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