OK, guys as Saturday quickly approaches I find myself less & less able to cope with the fact that I might have to put my baby to sleep. My question is if you were me what would you do & why. I know that no one can make this decision for me, but I'm just not sure what to do. I know my baby is going to die sometime soon, but I feel like I'll be killing her by having her put to sleep. So here's the main facts as I see them. Smokey is 17, has been batteling CRF for almost 2 years. She stopped eating last Friday. We went to the vet on Monday her kidney values were higher than they had been. I started giving her sub-q fluids twice a day & as best I can tell she is no longer drinking her water. I have been force feeding her this week & giving her a potasium supplement every day, as per the vet's instructions. She is lathargic & seems to want to sleep all day, but is showing no signs of being in pain. Other than one accident on Tuesday (my own fault for waking her up & giving her sub-q fluids before allowing her to go to the bathroom) she has been using her litter box on her own. So what would you do? Would you do the dreaded & have her put down on Satruday if she shows no improvement, or what? Also, does anyone know what would happen if I stoped force feeding her? I won't do it if the vet tells me it would be a painful way to die, but my question is if she's not eating is she even feeling the hunger pains? Please help, I can't eat, I can't sleep, I'm crying all the time, this is killing me I don't know what to do.
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9/18/03 at 3:18pm