This happened to my hubby and me, just last Thanksgiving week. This might be the 3rd time that I have spoken of it.
Murphy was the best dog that we had had in over 20 years. I feed him from a dropper as a pup. We were his only family for 6-7 years. He was smart, obedient, easily taught, protective yet very gentile with the kids. He actually understood the command..........you are on duty.
That dog loved us. When either of us pulled into the driveway, he was standing in our parking spaces ready to greet us..........until, one terrible day.
He did not get up to greet my hubby ( the first of us home)........in fact, he could not get up. My hubby immediately took him to the vet, where he would remain for several days.
Maybe its tick fever, maybe it is a toxin.............the vet could not pull him through.
Murphy did not even respond to my hubby's voice one afternoon. He did to mine, but there was no life in his eyes........
People familiar with kidney failure or renal disease will understand the reference to creatine., an enzyme filtered through the kidneys. According to his age and weight the Doctor said Murphy's level should be a 2, anything over a 5, and he wonders if the dog will pull through. Two different lab tests showed the creatine level in our dog to be 13. His kidneys, had stopped working completely. We still do not know why. The only clue, was the morning ( of the afternoon that my hubby found him ill) as I went to work, I noticed that the neighbors younger dogs had come to play, and Murphy growled at them, sending them away.
I did not know he was sick...........I just thought he's getting older and he's not in the mood to play.
There was no need to let his dog linger on, even with painkillers. He would never 'feel good' again.
I still find myself in the dog food aisle, browsing for chew toys......and less often, but sometimes, my hubby goes to the front door to call our dog inside for the night.
Costs? Yes, we told each other, " let's not let this get out of hand".......but, we authorized every test, every medication......every idea for days........we spent more on the dog, than we have spent on ourselves in the last 3 years.
It is the only time that I have had to make such a choice........and I am in no hurry to do it again.
We both want another dog, but that one will be hard to follow!