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When will you know when it's time to euthanize?

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I have a 13 year old Boston Terrier, and 2 days ago she had her first seizure before bed. We took her to the Vet the next day and this emergency Vet said that she has CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and that is why she had seizures. This emergency vet was the only option as our regular Vet was booked for the day. The emergency vet gave her prescriptions for her heart which she said would ultimately eliminate her seizures. However the seizures continued, she has had 4 in a span of 24 hours lasting 2-5 minutes. We re took her to her regular vet and our regular vet said CHF was not causing her seizures, she had a brain tumor. This was devastating news, her body and mind just fell apart in a span of 24 hours, she went from happy and cuddling to seizures and ill in a span of 24 hours. Is it normal for this to progress as it is? I guess what I'm really asking is for advise, the vet gave her seizure medication to help with that. She is 13 and has lived a great life with my family. I just seems like this is the most aggressive tumor I have ever seen. The medication is suppose to prevent tumors, today we gave her the first dose and she is still having them. The vet said it may take a couple of days for the medication to work. I know they say that the dog will tell you when they are ready, but we are all worried that she will not. We do not want her make what life she has left painful for her.

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asked Aug 3 in Pets by Dobiegal

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My heart breaks for you. I truly understand how agonizing it is to watch your beloved dog suffer and question weather you should push her to fight or let her go. If she seems stable then maybe give the medicine a few days and see if there is any improvement. If not then you'll have to make that impossible decision. Please know thou that what ever you decide, you have her best interests at heart and you have given her an incredible life. It will be agonizing letting her go but she will be comforted to have you by her side at the end.
answered Aug 3 by Fuzzy
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Hopefully you'll know when the dogs quality of life has diminished to that point, and you'll put your feelings aside and do what is best for the dog. The tumor will not go away, JMO I would euthanize now, but only you can make the final decision, not anyone on YA.
answered Aug 3 by GllntKnight
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I'm so sorry. From your describing her situation, it doesn't sound good. A brain tumor is not going to get better and the frequent seizures can do more damage to the brain.

If it was my dog, at this point, I'd probably make an appointment with the vet to help her along to the other side. It's a heartbreaking thing to do, but it's also a selfless thing to do.

For me, it's when they no longer have a good quality of life. My male that died of CHF, has some backstory, but the inexperienced vet that was left on duty during New Years Eve, did not take the additional xrays or even compare the xrays she took that day to previous. He died in my arms, around 3am on New Years Day on the way to the ER vet to have him euthanized. Absolutely miserable experience.
answered Aug 3 by WyrDachsie
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