I lost my 8 year old Ebby (see Ebby's story if you want) about a month ago. She was perfectly fine on Monday, pretty listless on Tuesday morning and was diagnosed with severe anemia. Between Tuesday and Thursday she had several vet visits, a night at the emergency vet, 3 blood transfusions and a trip to a specialty clinic. By Thursday morning her hematocrit was down to 7%, she was vomiting, having trouble breathing and not very responsive. I made the decision to have her put down because the vet said she doubted she would survive, and I couldn't stand to see her so miserable. It's been one month and I still cry at least once a day. I miss her terribly and although I know I did the right thing, there's this huge hole in my heart.
Arnie is a beautiful dog (a face anyone would love) - and I know how you feel, he was only 7!! It doesn't seem fair - and the pain won't go away overnight. I have found this site very helpful, depended on it a lot the first couple of weeks. I don't check it quite as often now, and am starting to feel like doing a few things around the yard (we also have 2 other dogs) - the the hole is still there. I hate to even wash her dog bed - feels too final... My thoughts are with you. You truly did everything you could for him - doesn't make it any easier, but I hope you really believe that. It was kinder to have him euthanized while he was already sedated, than to bring him back to say 'good-bye'. Hugs to you!
Love you to the moon and back....