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sallymum
25th October 2007, 03:17 PM
Sam has been home since Sunday morning but i am still very worried about him. He has got to the stage if i bring out for a little walk he is whizzing the whole way around and is then coughing. also which is more worrying is that poor Sam cant even get a drink of water without going into a coughing fit.
Just wondering from members whoses dogs have suffered from this. Is this another stage of this horrible illness. I am bringing Sam back to the vet this evening but am really worried now.

Barbara Nixon
25th October 2007, 04:09 PM
I rarely took Izzy for walks and not with the others at all. The problem was that taking the others upset him , so as we have a large space out side I didn't walk them either, but played lots of fetch games for exercise.

Cold water would make him cough, so his was always aired and he seemed to benefit from a bowl of tea with milk and a little sugar. OK it's not supposed to be good for dogs, but what does that matter if it gives relief ?

sallymum
25th October 2007, 04:21 PM
Sam only goes on short walks really to go to the toilet as he will not go out the back, i think this is to do with his former life. Also with the amount that he drinks aday i dont think tea would be the best idea as he is drinking bowl fulls aday.

Debby with a Y
25th October 2007, 04:52 PM
he is drinking bowl fulls aday.

Your vet should know about this and test his blood sugar.

Hugs of healing to precious Sam. :flwr:

sallymum
25th October 2007, 05:13 PM
Your vet should know about this and test his blood sugar.

Hugs of healing to precious Sam. :flwr:

This is due to his fluid tablets.

Mary
25th October 2007, 05:38 PM
It might be good if the vet does a blood test for kidney function. If he is drinking that much water he might be getting dehydrated from the fluid pills.

Claire L
25th October 2007, 10:06 PM
Mary, perhaps if you raise his water dish up off the floor, it might help a little. I just used a block of wood and it seemed to do the trick.
I'm so sorry Sam is having a tough time :( it's so hard to watch them when they are in any discomfort. I hope he gets some relief soon.
Keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers :hug::hug:

Cathryn
25th October 2007, 10:19 PM
:xfngr: that things settle down quickly for Sam, as Claire said raising his water bowl might help matters, will watch for updates :hug: :flwr:

Lynn
25th October 2007, 11:29 PM
:hug: for you and Sam. Praying that he gets better soon.

Claire L
26th October 2007, 11:37 AM
Hi Mary, just wondering how it went at the Vets.

sallymum
26th October 2007, 01:48 PM
Had Sam at vets this morning there is really nothing else they can do. Basically ive to wait and see how his new meds vedimitin(sp) do.

Guess what i came home from the vets with?????

Lynn
26th October 2007, 10:58 PM
Had Sam at vets this morning there is really nothing else they can do. Basically ive to wait and see how his new meds vedimitin(sp) do.

Guess what i came home from the vets with?????


Sorry you have to wait to see iif the meds help..... :xfngr: for some good news

What did you come home with??? Another foster animal???

sallymum
3rd November 2007, 08:47 AM
Sam had to be PTS last night at 10pm. It just wasnt fair to let him go on. I have really never felt like this before. With Coco all thought it was hard he was only here a few weeks. Sam was a big part of our family who was more like a person than a dog.
Couldnt sleep all night ever time i closed my eyes all i could see was him looking at me just before he went to sleep trusting me.
This morning when i came down went straight into sitting room to let him out as usual, lately Sam had been sleeping there cos it was to much for him to get upstairs, all i seen was the empty sofa and it just struck me im not going to see him again.
I never thought i would feell like this when it happened. I knew it was going to but thought we had months still left. The vet was going to give him something last night so we could of put the decision of for the weekend but i couldnt do it knowing that everytime he looked at me with them big brown eyes that he only had a few hrs left. I had to think of Sam not me. Now though maybe i should of gave him a chance maybe he would have got better at least for enoughter while.

coconut
3rd November 2007, 09:27 AM
Oh mary i am so sorry about sam, i am crying as i am reading this, he was a lovely fella and after meeting him a few times he made his mark on me. You did the right thing, his suffering has stopped now. I cannot say i know how u feel, but i am hear if you ever need to talk, u know where i am. My thoughs are wit u and ur family :flwr:. I know how make sam meant to you but you did make the right decision.

Again i am so sorry :flwr::flwr:

Nicki
3rd November 2007, 09:30 AM
Oh I'm so very sorry to read this...

Sadly there never seems to be the right day to give them their wings - afterwards we always feel it was too early or too late, but perhaps it is better to be too early rather than feel the guilt that we let them go on too long...

You were right to think of Sam - hard as it is, this is the most loving thing we can do when we know they are not going to get better and their quality of life is not as good as we would like for them.

Thinking of you and sending comforting thoughts - cuddle Sally and Toby close, they will be missing their companion and will comfort you too.

Barbara Nixon
3rd November 2007, 09:56 AM
I'm so sorry and know exactly how you feel/felt.



ever time i closed my eyes all i could see was him looking at me just before he went to sleep trusting me.


But it's so lovely to know that he trusted you to do the right thing and you did.

As you know, Izzy went by himself, but for a long time, and sometimes still, I picture his little face looking up, as I sit in a certain chair, and it's the eyes I remember most.


The vet was going to give him something last night so we could of put the decision of for the weekend but i couldnt do it knowing that everytime he looked at me with them big brown eyes that he only had a few hrs left.

I also had this feeling with Izzy. I knew, that Saturday evening, that his time had come and he wouldn't be there for another weekend.

Charleen
3rd November 2007, 10:48 AM
Mary, I am so sorry that Sam is no longer with you. You did the best you could for him and he was grateful to you for all your loving care. Don't second guess your decision. I know how hard it is to make, but as you said you did what you thought was best for Sam. That is all you can do.

Lynn
3rd November 2007, 12:06 PM
I am deeply sorry for your loss Mary. I'm not very good with words, but am very good with tears and I cried buckets as I read this. My heart breaks for you. You did all that you could for precious Sam and you were his angel when he needed you most. Please be very gentle with yourself and know you did all that you could.

frecklesmom
3rd November 2007, 01:17 PM
I'm so sorry to hear Sam is no longer with you. What a sad day it is. You did so well by him and he knows your love. God bless.

shippers
3rd November 2007, 04:28 PM
I'm so sorry to hear this news. My thoughts are with you. You did the best thing for Sam to relieve his pain. You gave him a loving home and put him before yourself when making the decision. You couldn't have done things better. Take care and always remember you did the best for Sam :hug:

Claire L
3rd November 2007, 06:09 PM
Mary, I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you today because I know how very hard it is to say goodbye to our beautiful furbabies. We never expect that we will feel such intense physical and emotional pain but we do and as time passes, it gets a little easier to bear until one day, we can remember them and it makes us smile.

You fought a hard battle for your Sam and you did everything possible to give him the best care and love that he deserved.

My thoughts are with you and the family at this very sad time :hug::hug:

merlinsmum
4th November 2007, 11:30 AM
Me and the boys send big hugs to you at such a sad time, you did your absolute best for Sam and I'm sure the pain will ease over time.

Our thoughts are with you:paw:

Mary
4th November 2007, 11:49 AM
Dear Mary

I am so sorry for your loss. Sam sounds like a very special pup. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

I think Sam's look was more than a "trusting look". It was "Thank you mom for loving me so much that you can let me go and be free of my pain when I know that loosing me means pain for you. Thank you mom for being so brave and holding me to the end...thank you for never letting me be alone in this world. Thank you mom for loving me."

Take care

Mary

Cathryn
4th November 2007, 12:27 PM
Oh Mary,

I am so incredibly sorry to hear this news, but you know deep down that you made the right decision by Sam, it is always difficult to have to make "that" decision I know, but as you said, you had to put him first......

I too am filling up reading this thread :( God Bless You Sam, Good-Night and God Bless You, You gave so much and asked for so little in return, run free little man at the bridge :lotsaluv:

Thinking of you Mary :hug: :flwr:

Cathy Moon
4th November 2007, 03:12 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss. I think you did the right thing, putting Sam's needs before your own and being with him at the end. :hug: I hope your pain and sense of loss will lessen each day and be replaced with happy memories of Sam. :flwr:

brid kenny
4th November 2007, 05:43 PM
Oh Mary, I'm sooo sorry. You have been through so much lately. Thinkingof you.

Gem
4th November 2007, 07:04 PM
Am so sorry to hear about Sam. You made the kindest decision for him. I just hope if/when the time comes for my 2 I will be as brave and as strong as you have been. Sam knew how much you loved him and thats why it hurts so much.
Thinking of you and your family at this time:flwr:

sallymum
4th November 2007, 07:10 PM
Thanks everyone for ur kind words. I know time will make things easier but it sure doesnt feel like it know. I know deep down it was for the best, its just it all happened so quick at the end. Sam wasnt to bad when i left to do my shopping Fri evening, came back an hr and a half later and i knew by Sam his time was running out, it was hes eyes ,u could tell that all life had left them, then he breathing started really getting bad, poor fella as the vet said he was basically drowning inside.
I know the vet did everything he could but by this stage there really was little left. He gave us the option of sedating him for the weekend but i didnt want that, there was no way i could of left Sam like that for the weekend.
Just made a show of myself this evening. Yesterday i couldnt bring the other 2 for a walk but knew i had to this evening wasnt fair on them. Anyway here was me walking 2 dogs and me bawling like a mad woman. God knows what people thought. must be some great rumors going round the town tonight.

Cathy Moon
4th November 2007, 09:23 PM
Oh I'm so sorry. Time will eventually heal - just keep putting one foot in front of the other, as my mother would say. :hug: I used to wear sunglasses a lot and carry a packet of kleenex for blotting my eyes after my little Tasha was given her wings.

Sue.k
5th November 2007, 01:27 PM
Oh Mary I am so sorry to hear about Sam, my thoughts are with you x

casshon
6th November 2007, 10:14 AM
I don't know how I completely missed this thread but I just saw in your signature that Sam passed on. I'm so sorry to hear that. I know how you feel - I have lost 2 dogs within the last year or so. Honey went by herself but we had to make the decision for Cassie and it is so difficult. I still think of them all the time but I know they had a great long life as Sam did. I'm sure Toby and Sally will help you get through this.

Sandrac
8th November 2007, 01:00 PM
I missed this too, just caught up. So sorry to hear that you have lost Sam, but you will always cherish his special memories and he will always remain in your heart until you are reunited at the bridge. My thoughts are with you. :hug:

Vickie
8th November 2007, 01:25 PM
Sallymum I am so sorry that I have missed this update until now.

My thoughts are with you at this very sad time :hug:

Nick
8th November 2007, 03:58 PM
So sorry to hear this sad news. Sometimes doing the right thing can be so painful.

I'm going to give Mungo an extra special hug tonight.

Caraline
8th November 2007, 09:14 PM
Oh Mary, I am so sorry to hear of Sam's passing. I had missed this too. It made me cry reading about it. People who don't have dogs just can not understand how much it hurts when they pass away.

You did the final loving thing for Sam. You helped him, peacefully & painlessly go to the other side. If we humans get to go in such a gentle & loving way we will be lucky.

pippa
9th November 2007, 10:22 PM
So sorry I too only seen this now.
My thoughts are with you. You were very brave and a good mum to little Sam. Take care.

sannie
9th November 2007, 10:45 PM
I've just seen this now and we're so sorry for the big fellah. He won't be forgotton easily. We knew Sam and he was such a big ball of energy, hard to believe he's gone. He had an incredible happy time with you though, that was obvious from the posts on the board.

Our thoughts are with you.