Jim Lauridsen Posted February 2, 2016 Share Posted February 2, 2016 (edited) On Dec. 24, 2015 our beloved Bailey was put to rest as we held him in our arms and felt his last breath slip away. It was much too soon to lose him, he was only 12 yrs. & 4 mos. old. He was a victim of Intervertebral Disc Disease, which left him nearly able to walk. Looking back, this condition had probably been growing worse for quite some time. He had been moving slower, laying around most of the time, and unable to jump up on the sofa for quite awhile, but we (and the vet) thought that this was just symptomatic of arthritis and him getting up in age, so we accepted it and gave him Dasuquin & Salmon Oil. In early Dec., his mobility was so much worse that I took him to the vet, and she said that it was a spinal problem. He wouldn't come out of his crate in the morning, he was eating very little, and when he tried to have a bowel movement the pain was making it hard for him to squat and position himself. Over the next of week he was on pain pills & muscle relaxants, but his condition seemed to worsen. When we went back to the vet, she told us her diagnosis was I.D.D., and that we could try steroids or take him to a neurological specialist. The steroids might help, but would not be a long term solution due to the side-effects that can occur. A neurologist would want to do an MRI and then probably surgery, which would not guarantee a successful recovery and could cost around $8000.00. We had to try the steroid treatment, which was not successful. After another week, with no improvement and much tearful discussion, we chose to set Bailey free from his pain & suffering. It was one of the most difficult decisions of our life, but anything else would have been selfish and unfair. Our vet was wonderful through this ordeal, and her tears flowed just like ours as Bailey crossed over the Bridge. Edited February 2, 2016 by Jim Lauridsen 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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