Had to Put Our Little Buddy to Sleep
I cannot believe it, my 9 and a half year old male pure poodle was diagnosed with cancer out of the blue and I am completely devastated.
About a week ago, our beloved poodle, Buddy, was not feeling that well at all. At the time it seemed like a gastro or the flu. He was very down and was keeping to himself. He normally would not want to be alone for more than a minute. He started vomiting and not eating at all.
About a day into his gastro/flu, he was getting worse so we decided to take him to the vet. Blood work and a general physical was given. The vet put him on antibiotics because he said the dog had pancreatitis.
We brought him home and gave him his first antibiotic. About an hour after he took the pill, he looked even worse - not answering our calls at all and looked like he was in a trance. About 3 to 4 hours after taking the pill, he seemed more normal.
The next morning the 2nd pill was given and the same thing happened - shortly after Buddy seemed worse and it took about 4 hours after the pill was given to feel better.
That night the 3rd antibiotic was given and again the dog got worse, started throwing up even more and at one point his heart was beating too fast so we rushed him to the hospital. They quickly put him on IV and did a battery of tests. We kept him there because the tests would continue in the morning.
The dreaded call came in at about 10 a.m. - Buddy had a tumour in his heart, water in the lungs, fluid accumulation around his heart, and masses in his pancreas.
We were devastated. They told us to rush there because a decision would have to be made. When we got there the dog seemed all right, but the vet told us not to be fooled because he was on IV and that as soon as we took him off, he would take a turn for the worse in about 24 hours without IV.
To make a long story short, the vet said our best case scenario was about 4 to 6 months max and that was with chemo. The dog had too many things wrong with him.
We decided to put him to sleep.
I cannot function anymore - Did we make the right decision? He seemed so fine. Could the vet have been wrong? Should we have gotten a 2nd opinion? I can't stop crying. How can a dog turn from happy jumping to dying in 3 days? Can anyone out there help me? I am going crazy... will it get better? I miss him so much.
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