replied to your photoset “Same spot, just a couple months apart. Crazy how fast things change.”
I was looking at Jake today, he was in the front seat of the car coming home from our walk. He’s really slowing down, he only played ball for 5 minutes yesterday. But I thought, he’s had a good life with us, if he goes tomorrow, try to remember that. Kilo had such a great life with you. We’re all only here for a little while. Make it the best you can!
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Been looking it up for Bjorn…”
Hey I have Trupanion, I just looked it’s available in Canada. I like the fact they have no payout limits per issue. That’s what swayed me.
I was looking into Trupanion but it seems so expensive, $62 monthly and $700 deductible :/ I’ve heard good things about it though.
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@mygermanshepherd Jake’s been on the Canidae Limited Ingredient/Pure line kibble for at least a year now. It’s near the low end of expensive, but it’s what we can afford. His hotspots have improved over what they were on Merrick grain free, so at least there’s that. Have you heard anything bad about Canidae????
I am not familiar with Canidae; which formula are you feeding?
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Kilo was a very lucky boy, you gave him such a great life, he had your total devotion and he got to go adventuring all the time! His heart was full with contentment in his life I’m sure, knowing he had a human that cared for him and gave him all he could want, no dog could ask for more than that. If they could talk. ��
Thank you <3 I just really wish he had more time. He finally matured into being so confident in himself esp around other dogs. It took some time but he matured into such an amazing dog and sadly wasn’t around long enough to get to do the things I always wanted to do with him. If only I’d worked more seriously with him when I first got him, maybe we would have been able to do a lot more :/ So many ‘what ifs’ though..
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What you said is true, reputable breeders need to keep producing healthy dogs to keep the breed strong, without pure pups the breed would eventually disappear as we know it.. Someone needs to adopt these ‘pure’ babies too. I don’t blame you at all for trying to get a dog with hopefully a very healthy life ahead of him. Dogs dying young is all too common these days…��
It frustrates me seeing so many breeders carelessly breeding without any sort of health testing or consideration other than ‘looks’. There are so many health issues that are far too common and it’s so easy to screen against them, especially for the prices they are selling pups for. Seeing non tested, byb dogs going for $1200+ (not even getting into the whole designer breeds that go for like $2500 with zero genetic testing). If you’re selling pups for that much you can at least get their hips/elbows tested at minimum (and having a great grand sire that was a champion doesn’t count). People mistakenly think mixing two breeds together will make the pups healthier but they don’t take into account that if both breeds commonly have hip problems, chances are the pups will too..
It also frustrates me when people look down on breed standards and breeders in general. If there wasn’t a breed standard, the breeds wouldn’t exist. Though I guess it’s becoming sort of a thing now, just breeding whatever you have together and giving it a new name. Idk.
If there aren’t people breeding for healthy dogs clear of genetic issues dogs are just going to have decreased lifespans and be plagued with health issues imo. I was talking to a very reputable GSD breeder who hasn’t had HSA in her shepherds and has had one of hers even live to the age of 17. I wish that was more common but it’s not.
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Your vet sounds wonderful…about a year ago we were in the waiting room at Jake’s vet and a woman comes out of the exam room crying and holding her dogs collar. Then she has to walk past all the people with their dogs in the waiting room. It’s like that at the majority of vet’s probably. ��
I think it used to be like that at our clinic. I remember occasionally seeing people in there waiting, I think to pick up their remains and whatnot. They are very good about it now. I would go in to tell them we are here and then my mom would take her dog in the side door to the quiet room so they didn’t actually have to come in the main lobby/waiting area.
I wish it were possible to get our vets to come do house calls to put them down instead of scheduling the large animal vet and not knowing which one is coming. Our equine vet is great, but I don’t really know the others. There’s a mobile vet fairly localish but I’ve never contacted them to see what they’re like or anything.
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Yep, I hope to never put a pet down at the vet again. I am haunted by the memory of a pet cat that me and my mom took to the vet to be put down, and after my mom settled the bill, we walk past this hallway and I see a vet tech holding our cat still alive! She was alone for too long without us….they had advised we might not want to be present….so we left. Never again. Already had one cat after that one put down at home.
Oh jeez. I’ve had not bad experiences taking them to the vet. But it’s just such an unpleasant trip. They already get scared or stressed being there. When our senior dog had to be put down last year we tried to get a vet to come to our home but the clinic was difficult to deal with about that..we would’ve had to book the large animal vet to do a house call, but if there was an emergency somewhere else they wouldn’t make it out. We were dealing with my grandpa dying at the same time and couldn’t deal with waiting for a vet to come and them end up not making it out at all.
Just not a nice environment for me to deal with it. At least at home I was able to sit with Kilo for as long as I needed and didn’t have to worry about disturbing others with my crying or anything. Our clinic did a reno recently though so they have a ‘quiet room ‘which is a bigger, quiet room with a couch that is a bit less…clinical feeling? for animals to be euthanized in. Plus it has a side door to go outside and they come to you to pay for it so you don’t have to see other people. It just sucks having to go in that room knowing what it’s for.
My vet is very good when it comes to putting down animals and very respectful. I’ve had other vets who have struggled to get a vein to give the injection. Or like when our horse was colicing a few years back..the needle thing kept coming out and it was prolonged while she was fighting it and it was so awful and disturbing and not peaceful at all. He’d give her one injection but needed to give another but it ended up taking far too long and ugh it was bad.
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Ohh that’s scary to think about…..it’s so sad Kilo passed away today but I’m glad nothing happened to him or you last night, and you got to spend one last night together in your room. It’s so sad..but it went about as perfectly as it possibly could have for something so painful. ��
I’m just so glad he was able to die at home, surrounded by family and that he wasn’t in distress. I hated the thought of taking him to the vet to have him put down. He didn’t like it there :/
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That does sound like a lack of compassion, cause like you say, if they just wanted money they would push for procedures etc. They really shouldn’t be in this career field it sounds like. I’m glad you didn’t listen to them!
It’s unfortunate. The first ultrasound Kilo went from, everyone seemed really nice, seemed very professional down to how they had him shaved. This time it was like they did a hack job shaving his side (I’ve even trimmed some of the hair down since they left tufts of hair all over where they shaved; it looked surprisingly awful lol). I had just gone down there for the diagnostics to be done and wasn’t expecting to talk to the vet, and I think she must have gotten pulled away from doing something else so who knows what else was going on. Still not a nice situation to be in, suddenly being faced with being told to put my dog down, when I thought we were just getting the ultrasound done to send to the cardiologist. I didn’t meet with the vet at the last ultrasound either, was just getting it done to send back to specialist.
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Perhaps that vet is money hungry. Simply horrible. �� I’m glad Kilo is still enjoying doing things he loves, that’s great. It’s hard to think about, but if Kilo died running in a field, or hiking with you, you know he went out happy!
It’s just bizarre cause you’d think she would’ve been convincing me to do the fluid drain there, so they would make money then? It just felt like there was no compassion or understanding why I simply didn’t just euthanize him there and then. I thought I was just being sensitive and bitter because of the dx but now hearing that people have had issues about that clinic before makes me wonder. Like being told their dog is old and not worth spending money to further diagnosis something, and then having their regular vet tell them it’s nothing?? Just seems there is no compassion there I guess?