How sad for you Sam and TLB37...I can truly understand your loss and grief. It's a difficult thing to go through no matter how straight forward the reason or how old the pet.
We risk to have a pet for we know they will not live as long as we....but to look back at the happiness and joy (and sometimes frustration) that they can give is so worth that risk rather than the grief inflicted on final day of their lives.
I don't look forward to the day our cat declines where a decision may have to be made, for even though it's been 15 years...it's like yesterday we got her. She's been a total pain in the butt many times, however she's been the most interactive of any pet we've ever had.
I hope each day gets easier for you both.
Sending heart-felt hugs your way.
*Heather* Status: flaring...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!