Posted 04 April 2012 - 04:11 PM
I lost my Jazz two years ago (April 2) - it was Good Friday..now Zachary's failing..and it's almost Good Friday
I am looking for ways to make him as comfortable as possible for the next little while. If you have any suggestions please share them.
He is still eating and drinking but in the middle of the night, he vomited his food so I made the trip to the vet this morning. He thinks it might be a few days...but Zachary has always surprised us .. so it may be longer.
Mojo for him would be nice... I don't want him to suffer.
Cricket, BC, mistress of the household
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Jazz (my heartdog - April 1999-April 2010)
Zachary, my little ironman (July 1994-April 2012)
Brandy (a good dog - 1983-1999)
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 04:20 PM
Posted 04 April 2012 - 04:47 PM
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 05:15 PM
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 05:40 PM
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 06:22 PM
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 06:54 PM
A tired dog is a good dog!
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 07:11 PM
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 09:57 PM
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:26 PM
Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:56 PM
I second the idea of asking your vet about nausea meds and sub-cue fluids. It may help make him more comfortable.
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 07:28 AM
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 06:14 PM
I suspect that you cant do any extra fluids because it would put too much pressure on his heart. That is the situation I have with Tex. Tex has lousy kidney function which means he needs extra fluids but on the other hand, extra fluids or exertion make him cough because his heart is congested and already working hard.
Our old Annie passed from kidney failure. Mercifully it was quick. Annie just faded away over a span of about 30 hours. In hindsight. I would have euthanized her about 12 hours earlier than I did, just to ease her journey.
As Zach fades, expect him to have tremors and possibly seizures. It is part of the process with kidney failure. He might also have laboured breathing and propping him on his sternum should help. In the old days, before we had dialysis and modern medicine, kidney failure was considered a preferred way to go as it was a gentle, easy death.
The coming days wont be easy and I wish I was closer. Hugs and great mojo to you, your husband and the little Ironman.
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 06:43 PM
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