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    • hunnycat
    • By hunnycat 17th Jun 17, 11:35 PM
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    When to know it's time to make that final vet journey?
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    • 17th Jun 17, 11:35 PM
    When to know it's time to make that final vet journey? 17th Jun 17 at 11:35 PM
    About a year ago I asked for advice for my old boy urinating in the house original thread here :

    Thank you for all the messages and advice.

    Now his health is failing, we were at the vet today and she has said
    To keep a diary of good and bad days. Then go back in a month to have another assessment. she has given me 2 options.
    Option 1: plan now and set a date and stick to it.
    Option 2: wait until he gets worse and akes ill.

    We have exhausted the incontince treatments and have just accepted that's life and have some specialist cleaning stuff and barred
    Him from our beds as we had to get new mattresses. He is also now allowed in some rooms when we are out. Thankfully we got 2
    Kittens who are now a year old and love him so they sleep beside him at night.

    He still has a bit of a spring in his step but he sleeps all day, is almost completely blind and has only slight hearing. He is struggling a little with the stairs as we have loads in our house.

    What are your experiences of your beloved friend taking their last journey? I want to go with option 2 but feel it's potentially cruel.

    Please don't judge me for thus post, I have had a traumatic 6 months and really feel I am not making good judgements at the moment so looking for advice and experiences. X
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    • hunnycat
    • By hunnycat 10th Sep 17, 11:49 PM
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    It doesn't sound like he's in pain if he's still jumping about. Animals protect themselves from pain if they are injured and self-limit their mobility.

    Has his spine been X-rayed? What is the problem with it?
    Originally posted by Red-Squirrel
    The vet has said his breed is one that fights through pain. It's not been X-rayed. From mid back it crunches all the way down(sudden onset of the crunching) , severe arthritis is the cause as far as the vet is concerned. His back end has given way a couple of times this weekend. He is 16 so has had a full and wonderful life, just blind, deaf , incontinent and still Hyper!
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    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 11th Sep 17, 6:52 AM
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    Well it sounds like you've made the decision in your heart and that it feels right, so it doesn't really matter what any of us would do or think at this point. The situation is such that PTS is definitely a legitimate option and not one that you need to feel bad about.

    All that's left to do is give him a fantastic last day with his family where he does all his favourite things and eats all his favourite foods.
    • hunnycat
    • By hunnycat 14th Sep 17, 6:10 PM
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    Well today was the day, it was so peaceful and would highly recommend anyone in the same position to hav the vet come to the house as it was more relaxed. They were fantastic.
    We drove him to the pet crematorium ourselves as the vets pick up has passed and taking him into the room for him to rest was so nice.

    Last minute decision to take kids out of school and to let them see him just before and they both wanted to stay during it. They helped carry him to the car and felt at peace with it.

    Thank you to everyone over the last couple of years your advice has been brilliant. X
    would love to win an ipad!
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