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Old 01-09-2003, 07:46 AM
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Please take your dog to the vet and explain the situation to doctor. Senior dogs have problems just like us old fuddieduddies, so check the the Doctor. The Doc knows your dog and will be best able to advise you.

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Old 01-09-2003, 03:08 PM
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I agree with Jeannie..take your dog to the vet.They should be able to tell you what is going on.

Sometimes when an animal knows their time is coming,they start acting strangely...looking for a place to die. Usually they want to wander away from you, I think it is their way to protect you from the hurt. Now I am not a vet, just a doglover for all my life. I tell my hubby..if they allow all your dogs that died into Heaven...You will find me easily, I will be the one with tons of dogs, around me.lol

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Old 01-09-2003, 03:11 PM
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janet..

You are right... and they don't have to be old..that was the behavior of my 6 year old dog that died of lympho-sarcoma.
It's a definite possibility given the age of the canine. But the Vet is still your best source of help and information.
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I do take my dog to the vet. He says she is senile and it will get worse. She is on pain medicine or an adult aspirin a day for her arthritis. She is also on prednisone. She's aging rapidly. I sure hope she is not looking to wander off and die. We just had surgery for her arthritis. It was a waste of money and I think very hard on the dog. I do not recommend having the rear tendons cut. The vet said it was a 50 - 50 chance, but it didn't work for my baby. I made it very clear that I wanted my dog treated with dignity. No unnecessary procedures. As much pain medicine as he feel s is adequate, and he will let me know when to take that next step. I am putting her on valium to try to help her settle at night. (either she gets the valium, or I am going to need some! She has me up all night long). This will be the last dog for me. It is just too painful at this stage.
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Mulberry204, so sorry to hear about your Lab. 14 yrs is a long time for a large dog to live and I imagine it is because of the caring and love you have given your pet. (and the vet too.)
You will know when it is time to put her down. It is never easy losing a pet, or having to put them down....Take Care, janet
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