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Caraline
27th June 2007, 01:23 AM
We’ve reached a crossroad with Scarlett (11 ½ year old Boxer). The past month has seen a very rapid deterioration in her condition. Despite an increase in her anti-epileptic medications, her seizures have increased to about 5 per week. More problematic though is that during her non-seizure times her quality of life seems to have plunged. She is now having difficulty walking without falling, stands there staring into the nothingness until she falls over and then gets back up to continue staring into the nothingness again and she has also developed some really strange obsessive behaviours. She has become stone deaf and though we know she is not blind, her cognition is not right and she will walk into a cupboard & get lost there or walk off a top step as though she were on a flat surface. We honestly do not know whether this is caused by brain damage that is occurring during the seizures or if it is a side effect of the heavy duty drugs she has to take.

So with our hearts in our throat we have decided to wean her off the Epilim and just keep her on her Phenobarbital for the time being. One of 3 things will happen. She may continue to have seizures but have a better quality of life regardless, her seizures may spin totally out of control, or everything will just go downhill in a screaming heap.

The bottom line is that if there is no improvement in her quality of life we think we have reached the time where we must consider PTS. Back in November we didn’t think she would make it to last Christmas, and since then I’ve wished for her that she would just go easily in her sleep one night, but it seems that an easy departure is not going to be hers unless we help her along. I feel terribly sad that it has come to this. She deserves a better twilight time than she is having.

Mary
27th June 2007, 01:27 AM
Thoughts are with you at this difficult time Caraline. Dying can be oh so difficult especially for those watching on ......Hoping for some peace for Scarlett.

Lindsay
27th June 2007, 01:34 AM
Hugs to you Caraline. We all know you will do what is best. :hug: :hug: :hug:

Cathryn
27th June 2007, 01:44 AM
:hug: I am so sorry to hear this about Scarlett, you will know what to do and when I am sure of that. A big kiss and a gentle :hug: for Scarlett and another :hug: for you as well! :lotsaluv:

Aimee
27th June 2007, 01:49 AM
I'm so so sorry Caraline.
I lost my 13yo cocker spaniel earlier in the year - she went very suddenly, literally within 24hrs, so there was no time to even consider PTS but even the short time we had to watch her suffer was so incredibly difficult. So I can imagine what you are going through.
Best wishes to you and to poor Scarlett. I'll be thinking of you both.

Karlin
27th June 2007, 02:12 AM
Back in November we didn’t think she would make it to last Christmas, and since then I’ve wished for her that she would just go easily in her sleep one night, but it seems that an easy departure is not going to be hers unless we help her along. I feel terribly sad that it has come to this. She deserves a better twilight time than she is having.

Boy this is very difficult and it is so hard to read about the decisions you are facing. I know there is no single right answer; I have a feeling you will know which one you will want to make as soon as you can see how she does on the change in medication. It is lovely you were able to enjoy extra time already with her, but I know that doesn't make it any easier to have her declining now.

Cathy Moon
27th June 2007, 02:59 AM
:hug: Caraline, I'm so sorry for what you're going through. It is never easy to go down this path. Your love and compassion for your precious girl, Scarlett, will lead you. We're all here for you, too. :hug:

Caraline
27th June 2007, 03:01 AM
Hey guys, thanks for your loving support. It is wonderful here to be able to put up a post and know with certainty that you are not going to receive one single "it's just a dog" consoling comment.

:luv:

debjen
27th June 2007, 06:52 AM
I'm so sorry you have to go through this but you will do what is right for her when it is right...

matties mum
27th June 2007, 08:59 AM
I am so sory It is so hard to watch your dog going down hill I known you will see when it is time I will be thinking of you and your family and Scarlett
----Aileen and the gang (Jazzie---Barney----Sam)

Sue.k
27th June 2007, 09:37 AM
Oh Caraline, I am so sorry for you having to go through this, I am sure you will do the right thing, none of us want to see our little darlings suffering. Thinking of you all :hug:

Emma n Renco
27th June 2007, 09:38 AM
Ah Caroline what a terrible position to be in I am so sorry to hear about this tough time for you. I am sure you will make the right decision for Scarlett. Our thoughts are with you....

freesia
27th June 2007, 09:40 AM
Caroline, I have been there with my Prince (golden retriever) , different illness but all the same I knew it was the right thing to do but my, it was so hard. You will know when the time is right, thinking of you both.

niamhx
27th June 2007, 11:55 AM
My thoughts are with you and scarlett she will tell you when the time is right :(:hug::hug: for both of you

Sandrac
27th June 2007, 12:26 PM
My thoughts are with you. We all understand what a terrible time you are going through. You will know what to do when Scarlett looks at you with that special look that says thankyou for all what you have done. Big hugs to you all :hug: :hug: :hug: and a special big one for Scarlett.

jld
27th June 2007, 04:36 PM
My heart goes out to you. I get emotional just thinking about it. We are going to be dealing with that heart wrenching decision in the near future with our little schnauzer. I will be thinking of you. Judy

Cleo's Person
27th June 2007, 04:38 PM
Caraline, I'm so sorry that Scarlett seems to be experiencing a lesser quality of life. I know how difficult it is to watch a pet you love deteriorate. When the time comes, you will know which decision is the best one for you and for Scarlett. Until then, enjoy the time you have with her. I'm sure she knows she is love and adored by you. Big hugs to you both. :hug: :hug:

JaneB
27th June 2007, 05:35 PM
Hang in there, Caraline. I know it is ever so heartbreaking to lose a beloved pet. As I've quoted my father in other postings, "We get to love them enough to let them go." Never an easy thing but aren't we blessed to have the ability to know when the time is right? We'll have you in our thoughts. . .
JaneB

Jen
27th June 2007, 05:46 PM
Thinking of you Caraline.:flwr: :flwr:

danalynn
27th June 2007, 05:58 PM
I am so sorry to hear about Scarlett; know that you have support and prayers from us all.