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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-10-2006, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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I think my parent's dog might be dying.

My parent's dog Zelda is about 15 years old. Last time I visited home she wasn't looking too good. She seemed to have lost a lot of weight. My mom called today and when we were chatting she mentioned Zelda had been throwing up and shedding very very bad. She said in the past couple of days the dogs backside (butt/back legs) have been dropping down. It doesn't sound good. Anyone have any input?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-10-2006, 04:44 PM
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Sorry. I can't offer any advice. However, you have my greatest sympathies.

I think when a dog reaches this age it might not be worthwhile to spend more than $3000 to prolong its suffering.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-10-2006, 04:54 PM
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uh oh, this doesn't sound good. My dh says that eventually the dog will probably not be able to get up, sorry pal. I have noticed the beginning of this with my greyhound. She's finding it more and more diffucult to squat to relieve herself and climbing the stairs is getting diffucult. I just hope your mom's dog isn't in pain.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-10-2006, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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I hope the dog isn't suffering either. Since I am not there and they live almost 3 hours away it's hard for me to say. I told my mom if she continues to degenerate rapidly and shows any signs of suffering to please take her to the vet. I don't think there is much they can do for her other than put her down. The dog lost her sister a couple of years ago and she just hasn't been the same.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-10-2006, 08:07 PM
 
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Depending of what breed she is, she might have some years left, or she might be at the end.
It might be worth going to a vet and get some bloodwork done. Thyroid and diabetes comes to mind with those symptoms.
Either way, I'm very sorry to hear about this.
It's so hard when they get old
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