Lost a family pet today....

  1. He was actually my MIL's dog, but he has been around forever it seems. My husband was 17 when they got him(we dated then) and they had to let him go today. The vet came to their house to put him down and they buried him under his favorite bush on the side of the house. His mom is taking it very hard because he was her baby....hubby and I are dealing okay because we know it was time....it had been time for about 6 months in our eyes. Vincent had diabetes and received shots twice a day.....he lost his hearing totally about a year ago and a little over 6 months ago went totally blind......he started having alot of arthritic trouble and was in alot of pain the last 4 months so we felt it was time....it was harder for MIL to see it, but eventually she did. He was in too much pain to eat on Monday and could not receive his insulin shots....the vet said if he missed 4 he would go into a diabetic coma so they got him to eat once on Tuesday and gave him one shot. The vet went over there and talked with them on tuesday and they called him this morning with the decision. He is a wonderful Vet to do what he has for them and to allow them to put him to rest at home....bless him for allowing them that peace. Sorry to ramble, but needed to share and I don't want to burden the hubby he has his own pain and I need to be strong for him....I am gonna miss him though........
  2. 26 Comments

  3. by   Stargazer
    Aw. Poor sick doggy. So sorry, Robin.

    If you don't mind sharing, what kind of dog was he, and what was his name?
  4. by   KC CHICK
    I'm so sorry for your family's loss. I know all too well what your MIL is going through right now.
    I wish those little guys could live forever. It's very hard to let go.

    Last edit by KC CHICK on Jan 22, '03
  5. by   fab4fan
    Thank God for caring vets like the one you describe. I think the world of the vet that cared for my two kitties. What a difficult job...they have to be able to treat all kinds of animals; then they have to be able to deal with the owners, too.

    Sorry to hear about the puppy, Robin. It's so hard to make that decision; I should have had my second kitty put to sleep sooner, but at the time I just kept hoping that he'd improve.

    Poor dog; at least he's not in pain anymore. It's hard to watch them get older and sick. If you can, it would be nice to see a picture of him.

  6. by   Robin61970
    He was a gray scottish terrier and they kept him clipped short all the time so when his tail wagged(it was bobbed), it looked like his whole bottom moved.....his name was Vincent. He was beautiful. I am worried about their other dog Lady.....she is Vincent's pup and has never been without him.....I don't know the effect this is going to have on her....I'm really worried.
  7. by   Robin61970
    Thank you for the replies......
  8. by   Mkue
    That is sad Robin, pets are family too.. glad your MIL had a compassionate Vet.
  9. by   JonRN
    What a wonderful Vet! I'm so sorry to hear about Vincent, but he is at peace now and no longer needs to take his shots. Sounds like he had a wonderul life, and people that loved him. R.I.P. Vincent.
    Sorry to hear about Vincent....

  11. by   duckie
    I understand so well the pain you feel. I was just talking to my husband today about how much I still miss our Gramma Doggie and it's been over a year. Even if you have others, it doesn't ease the loss. I am so sorry. Please watch the other dog very carefully. Dogs get very attached to their companions and if you don't watch them closely, things can change very quickly. Please watch the eating habits and behavior changes. You may possibly need a mild sedative for the remaining dog for a little while. I am saying this only because in the past, we nearly lost our dog after her little friend passed. They feel much deeper than we realize sometimes. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Duckie
  12. by   ayemmeff
    Hugs,Robin,that's really sad.
  13. by   Beach_RN
    So sorry Robin!

  14. by   baseline
    I'm so sorry.