I think I'm losing Molly

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  1. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    She's been in a steady decline for the past couple of months. The last treatment via the vet was a very short success......like a week. She never got rid of the cough, it just got worse, as did her breathing.

    She has been acting odd since last night. I had trouble getting her out of the yard after her last potty session at 1 am......I had to go in and guide her out. When I woke up this morning and went to take the girls out I had to basically make her go. Lots of prompting, then finally the Momma command in my no nonsense voice sort of got her moving. But she was incredibly slow. I have to make her go out a few times a day or the never ending cough has her piddling on the carpet. I let them stay out a bit as it was a truly lovely morning. Cold enough for no mud in the yard yet sunny and warm enough they really wouldn't be cold. Maggie was more than ready to come inside when I called. I called and called Molly with no response. So I put Maggie inside and went after Molly. She was moving at a snails pace having trouble keeping her legs under her. I helped her inside. She basically parked in the dining room and has not moved since.

    She's not drank yet today. (I just realized this)

    She refused supper.

    She refused cheese.

    I've not been able to get her to stand up and I'm not sure I really want to try that hard.

    She's clearly in misery. Her breathing is exceptionally shallow and fast and labored. There is a constant gurgle, it sounds as if her lungs are full of fluid. Moving is an effort. I'm guessing low blood O2 is playing a role in that.

    I had told the vet when the last round of antibiotic and steroids didn't work that we wouldn't be treating her chronic bronchitis again. (I have had a strong feeling for some time it is lung cancer...vet hinted a similar suspicion) It's expensive and it doesn't really work. I've been assessing her quality of life for all this time. It's been going on a steady trek downhill. I thought as long as she ate and drank and at least attempted to play with Maggie.......managed her short walks at least she was living. I think it was the last walk that did this to her, to be frank. She came back from that totally wiped out and struggling to breathe. She's not bounced back. I'd figured it was ok to walk her because she'd attempted to play with Maggie in the afternoon and seemed perkier than usual. (her play is to stand and bark and Maggie does all the "play" part)

    If the vet made housecalls I'd phone her tonight and have her come put Molly out of her misery. I can see it clearly in her face......and she is scared. I can see it in her body language and it's breaking my heart. You can't reach a vet here (any vet) on the weekend. I had hoped Molly would go in her sleep in her own home where she feels safe. But I don't want her suffering either.

  2. mom_to_3

    mom_to_3 Active Member

    :crying: So sorry :crying: Hope Molly can stay comfortable thru the weekend and Monday gets here quick for her. It's never easy going thru this part.
  3. recoveringenabler

    recoveringenabler Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I'm so sorry Lisa, that is so hard. This may or may not be appropriate, however there is an organization called Lap of Love, www.lapoflove.com which is a hospice for pets. A veterinarian comes to your home and administers whatever is needed for the pet to have his/her final moments at home with the family. If you're interested, you could go on their website and find one in your area. I'm so sorry..........hugs...........
  4. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    Thank you RE, but there are none in ohio.

    The struggling to breathe is bad enough......because she is truly struggling. But the scared expression on her face is about to do me in. I can only imagine what she is feeling.

    I did manage to get her into the livingroom and up onto the loveseat. (her favorite spot) She's more comfy there and it's easier for me to sit with her. Still is refusing food/drink. She's not even coughing anymore. I don't think she has the strength to cough. When I think about it I haven't heard her huffy sort of cough all day:crying:

    Nothing serious ever happens to one of my furbaby's unless it's a weekend, I swear. If she makes it to monday, I'm going to force myself to make the appointment to have the vet put her down. I just don't think she's going to make it until Monday. :(
  5. Jody

    Jody Active Member


    I would try to call the office and leave them a message that you need them to call back. I work for a lot of veterinarians, and they are super kind people. They would not want any animal to suffer. Sounds like it's time. I hate that for you, I do know how painful it is. She has had a wonderful life with you, I know that for a fact. can you lay down beside her and maybe momma next to her will help her. I dont know if a humidifier would give her any relief. I would just get her a blanket and lay down next to her. I will be thinking of you and your Molly girl.
  6. recoveringenabler

    recoveringenabler Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Oh geez, that is just awful. My old, very loved dog started to fail on a Friday night and we took him to the emergency animal clinic on Sat. morning. It was quite expensive though, perhaps doing what Jody suggested might work. But, now its late where you are..............I am so very sorry, I feel for you, I'm saying a prayer for Molly to make this journey with comfort...........sigh..............HUGS to you Lisa.
  7. Calamity Jane

    Calamity Jane Well-Known Member

    That is so sad. I second Jody's suggestion about lying down next to her. Maybe she'll pass peacefully during the night. Refusing food and drink is usually a pretty strong sign that they're ready to go. Big hugs for you and Molly.
  8. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    Oh, Lisa... Hugs... I saw your facebook post but this seems so much more... I don't know. Hit me more I guess.

    I like the idea of lying down with her, at least then she will have her Mama with her. I also hope she passes peacefully, and doesn't have to wait. Maybe if you tell her it's OK and to go find Fred on the Rainbow Bridge??? Our furbabies understand a lot more than we give them credit for.
  9. Mattsmom277

    Mattsmom277 Active Member

    Im so sorry :( She sounds like my neighbor/friends Bailey girl who was in that sort of shape when I went with my friend to help her escort Bailey across the Rainbow Bridge. She passed with her head on my foot and three sets of hands petting her. I think laying with her is a good idea, or sitting beside her and comforting her. Doggies know their people do their best to help, and it is often enough to help relax them to just have their person with them.

    I think it can't hurt to leave a voice mail at the vet. If they have any animals kenneled in the office, someone will be going in for feeding, walks, bandage changes and whatnot, and perhaps they check the voice mails. Nothing lost by leaving the message, at the least they will call you first thing Monday morning and get you and your Molly straight in.

    Hug your Molly for us all. She's been well loved.
  10. buddy

    buddy New Member

    hoping you can find help or that she stops suffering.....hugs, I'm so sorry
  11. InsaneCdn

    InsaneCdn Well-Known Member

    Sending major hugs for you... and for Molly.
  12. hearts and roses

    hearts and roses Mind Reader

    Oh no, the poor lovey, Molly! I'm sssoooooooossssooooooo sorry, for her agony and your aching heart. At least you have the strength to be merciful and let her go.

    When Sophie began refusing her favorite foods, it was further confirmation for me that it was time. Hugs, Lisa.
  13. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    I'm so sorry, Lisa. Your vet may very well make housecalls for this type of situation, if you have a relationship with him or her. After all, they treated Molly last week. Big hugs to you and to Molly, your dear friend.
  14. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member

    Oh, Lisa, I'm so sorry. Big hugs for you and Molly.
  15. flutterby

    flutterby Fly away!

    Oh, Lisa, I'm so very sorry. :crying:Your Molly is like my Jewel - our furry soul mates. My heart is heavy for both of you tonight. (((hugs)))
  16. Signorina

    Signorina Guest

    Hugs, love and prayers
  17. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    This made me cry. Yes, yes, let her go to Fred, who will take such good care of her. And both of them will be watching over you and no longer suffering. I hope you can find a vet who will do it at home for you and hope you can find one today. Poor Molly needs to join all the other beloved pets who play and romp on the Rainbow Bridge.
    Today is also the day we have to bring our last two older dogs to the rescue/sanctuary so I have a lump in my thorat anyway. I'm sending all my love and hugs and prayers to both of you. Keep us updated.
  18. PatriotsGirl

    PatriotsGirl Well-Known Member

    I am so sorry Lisa.... :-(
  19. cubsgirl

    cubsgirl Well-Known Member

    ((hugs))...I am so sorry. We lost a kitty in November and it's just so darn hard. Is there an emergency vet clinic near you? We have one a few miles from us that we are to use if the vet is unavailable (weekend, evening or holiday). More ((hugs)) for you and Molly.
  20. DaisyFace

    DaisyFace Love me...Love me not

    Awww...I am so sorry....poor little girl...