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It's Almost Time for the Rainbow Bridge

It's with a very heavy heart and extreme sadness that I tell you that Gizmo is declining in health.  We took him for bloodwork last Monday and his BUN & Creatinine were the highest ever; 140 & 12, respectively.  When he was first diagnosed on October 18th his BUN was 116.9; his creatinine 5.9.  He will not eat his food now even if I add something yummy (which I'm not supposed to do) and he's not drinking much.  For the last few days he has showed little interest in playing ball and he sleeps most of the day.  Each day it gets worse.  He looks at me with his sad brown eyes and lays his head on my lap.  

The other night he woke me up because he was whimpering.  It was quiet and didn't last that long, but it was a sad sound.  I thought he was in pain because of his hip.  He has a hard time with that.

Tonight he got up from his constant nap and went towards the front door.  Usually he comes back and makes a noise if I don't get up.  This time he didn't.  I got up to find him and he was in the spare bedroom (the farthest spot in the room) and was going to vomit.  I called him and he quickly ran to the door and went outside.  Before that he came to me and licked my fingers.  I know he's hungry, but will not eat....ANYTHING.

When he came back in I tried to get him to eat some dry food thinking it didn't smell as bad as the wet.  He sniffed it and walked away and layed down. It seems like he is breathing heavy, but that might just be me looking for something more.  I'm wondering if he is in pain in his abdomen.

I know this is very sad, and I don't mean to ruin anyone's Christmas, but I am beside myself with grief.  I can't stand seeing him hungry and unable or unwilling to eat.  The vet said he is on the best kidney diet food there is, but I could add some low/no sodium broth.  I added that to his food and he's just not interested.  The vet also said that in January we can do bloodwork again and if needed, do the IV Therapy for hydration again.  We have decided that that only postpones the inevitable and he will decline again in a few weeks.  I don't think it's fair to put him through this so many times.

I was hoping to get him through Christmas, but I'm not sure it's going to be possible.  I know there is nothing you can do, but I've always found your concern and care comforting whenever I posted....and I've posted many times since we first got him at 11 weeks.  Now six years later .... way too soon .... we have a terrible decision to make.

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Comment by Lois - Izzi on January 7, 2018 at 8:11pm

Can't even put into words the sadness I'm feeling as I read.....  I do know you have loved Gizmo from the very start of his life...   I going to smile that he had you and family...  


Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on December 27, 2017 at 1:34pm

Jo, I hadn't been on the site for a while.  I'm so sorry to hear about Gizmo.  I'm crying right now and my heart is breaking terribly.  I definitely know what you are going through.  It hurts so bad when Pemon even has the littlest thing wrong with him.  All I can say is, I think it is time.  We went through this with our Fletch.  Jo, they gave him a shot and he went to sleep and onto the Rainbow Bridge.  Jo, no matter how old they are it's way too soon.  Fletch was 13 years old.  We have his ashes and a special shelf with pictures and doggie nik naks.  I call it his shrine.  Mark even put Christmas lights around it.  We tell Pemon about Fletch all the time.  I'm so sorry for you Jo and I'm speaking from my heart.  Love, you Terry and Gizmo.  

Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on December 25, 2017 at 8:14pm
So sad to read this and also know as hard as it is, you will know what to do when the time comes because you love him so much. We send you hugs and precious Gizzy is in our thoughts and hearts.
Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on December 24, 2017 at 4:01pm

Others have said what I would like to say, if I had the words.  Know that Gizmo knows you love him, and that he will always be in your heart.  Sending *hugs* Jan

Comment by Laura , Marley and Oliver on December 22, 2017 at 11:00pm

I'm so, so sorry to hear this and feel your pain . It's so sad but I do know that you will know when the time is right as hard as that will be.  It's so difficult because they can not speak to us but their eyes do tell us a lot.  My prayers are with you, Gizmo and the family. Love and hugs

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on December 22, 2017 at 6:25pm

So sorry to hear this.  The tears are coming.  I know what you are going through, I've had to make that decision before. 

Comment by Laurie, Jackson and Delilah on December 22, 2017 at 12:18pm

My heart aches for you.  Please know in your heart you will make the right decision for Gizmo.  Your love for him will help you decide what is right and know the decision comes from love.  I do not have words to comfort you except as I write this the tears are flowing.  What I find so comforting in this group is the compassion and love we have for our Doodle families.  When one feels pain, we cry...we laugh, we share, we ask for help....whatever it may be we are a family.  Please know that this doodle family has you in our prayers and hearts right now.  May you find peace and comfort in that.  Godspeed, Laurie, Jackson and Delilah.

Comment by ARTHUR GOVERNALI on December 22, 2017 at 10:46am
I feel your pain

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