Saying Goodbye to Your Dog
This past week a dear friend had to euthanize her beloved dog. The dog was not a Dachshund, but the event brought to the surface some feelings of worry about the possibility of similar events for the writer of this blog and her most beloved mini-Dachshund. For those of us with dogs of an advanced age or in poor health, it is a concern. When to decide to put your dog to rest is a very personal and excruciating decision for any family. To know the why, the when, and the how are things you must decide with your vet and your family.
Having a sick dog is very difficult and watching a pet suffer is, well, more painful than can really be put into words in a blog. Illness in pets can come in a variety of ways. They can have disease, an injury, or be old and in pain. Depending on the dog’s diagnosis and prognosis, you will have a better idea of how much your pet is suffering.
Dachshunds, specifically, suffer from a variety of illnesses, but they are particularly prone to back illness and injury. A spinal injury must be assessed by a medical professional specializing in animals. Vets know all the anatomical, psychological, and behavioral nuances of a dog whom is suffering. Your doctor will be able to give you an idea of how severe the suffering may be an what can be done for your four-legged best buddy. It is difficult, but it must be done, keeping in mind doing what is best for the dog must be paramount.
It is common for people to hang on for dear life to their most adored pet. It is terribly sad and very difficult to let go. It is not uncommon for people in the midst of great sadness at the loss of a pet to seek counseling. They aren’t just dogs, they are a part of families and daily lives. They bring us joy, make us laugh, and protect us, (even the mini-Dachshund, famous for their large dog bark!)
It’s been scientifically proven they make us better when we are sick, warn of us illness inside our own bodies, and will go against a foe much larger and much more fierce to save us from danger. They cuddle with us when we are alone, kiss us on command, and love us unconditionally and without expectation of anything in return. Dogs are truly man’s best friend, and if you love one, you know there has never been so much truth in an old saying!
This was written with the writer’s own Dachshund in mind, but with a heavy heart for the family of a sweet and gentle chocolate lab named Jake. He will be missed.