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#1 Cimarron

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Posted 04 June 2008 - 11:53 AM

My 16 yr old dog Sandy is nearing the end and I have been toying with the idea of having her cremated but called to see how much it would cost at our vet and they priced it at $198 plus 35 for Euthanization! That seems outrageous to me but I have never priced it before. That is way too much so we will just bury her but I wanted to know if that is reasonable. She weighs 35 pounds.
I really hate to bury her. She has been with my husband and I for 15 years since before we were married. I just cant bear to think of life without her. I have good days and bad days just like her. I am taking a week of vacation next week to spend with her.
She has a mass in her abdomen. She is doing fine most of the time, is eating, acting happy and runs in the yard. She has had a couple bouts of diahrea and throwing up in the past 3 weeks but has bounced back. You would never know she is 16th except that she is so thin. Everyone says she will tell me when she is ready.... Is that true? Thanks, Sheila

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Posted 04 June 2008 - 12:03 PM

Sheila,
I know from several sad experiences that eating is not a good way to decide if it is time. Most dogs will eat right up to the end. I once had my Doberman crunching on a dog biscuit as she was put to sleep. She suddenly became paralysed from her neck down( she was very old for a Dobie) but wanted a dog biscuit because she always got one at the vet's.
You need to watch to see if she still has many more good days than bad. Does she have pain? Is it easy to control, or is she just drugged up and sleeping a lot... thats no fun.
Is she vomiting? Diarrhea? Is her belly getting really distended? That wouldn't be comfortable.
I always seem to know somehow "when" its time. When they aren't having fun anymore, its time.
You will know when. Always remember that allowing your dog to go to the Rainbow bridge is your great gift to them, not holding them back for our own selfish needs is that gift.
I hope that you have a good week off with your dog.
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Posted 04 June 2008 - 12:37 PM

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Posted 04 June 2008 - 12:50 PM

The price you were quoted for the cremation and euthanasia sounds about right to me. It's such a tough decision to have to face as a loving pet owner, and I wish you the best in knowing when it's time and that you are doing what is best for your girl.
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Posted 04 June 2008 - 12:53 PM

It is a hard decision. Robin gave some good advice. Being an animal lover and sensitive to your dog's moods and behavior, I'm sure you will "know".

Many times, I've had our dog(s) and horses "ask" to be "let go". Even if you aren't an animal communicator, you will see it in their face and especially in their eyes......The spark of life is gone.

We have had our dogs cremated. One way you might look into is by calling your local humane society and asking if they would do it. The one we had at our old location provided individual cremations for pet owners. The cost was a little less than going through the vet. (The shelter near us now is a no-kill.)

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Posted 04 June 2008 - 03:25 PM

QUOTE(Cimarron @ Jun 4 2008, 07:53 AM) View Post

My 16 yr old dog Sandy is nearing the end and I have been toying with the idea of having her cremated but called to see how much it would cost at our vet and they priced it at $198 plus 35 for Euthanization! That seems outrageous to me but I have never priced it before. That is way too much so we will just bury her but I wanted to know if that is reasonable. She weighs 35 pounds.

I have a Norwich Terrier at the pet cemetary right now for cremation. The cost for a 10 lb dog is $125. When my Norfolk Terrier died last year the cost was $105. I would expect for a 35 lb dog the cost here would be a little higher.

The cost for having her put down was just over $42.

I don't envy what you are going through.

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Posted 04 June 2008 - 04:49 PM

I had a 5 lb dog cremated a few yaers ago and it was $150.00, My vet charges $75.00 to put a dog to sleep. so sorry yuo are having to go through this, so hard to lose a pet no.gif
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Posted 04 June 2008 - 07:12 PM

We had our Shado, cremated last August. he died at home, he was 14. The cost of having him cremated was $175.00, but we also had a "private" cremation (one/only dog in the crematory at a time) I do know you can also have a group cremation done for alot less...but then all the ashes are mixed together. I didnt want that. Cremation also goes by the weight of the dog. Shado weighed #110. My daughter had her pomeranian cremated also last year.Sassy weighed 10 lbs, she also died at home, of old age, she was 18 yrs old. My daughter paid $155.00 for Sassy, also a private cremation. It is always so hard on us to lose a pet, who has been part of our family. (((hugs)))

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Posted 04 June 2008 - 09:03 PM

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. I've been there and its NOT easy. Right now, we're trying to convince my sister to let her 15 year old dog (with medical issues) go. As far as price, our vet clinic actually charges per pound or weight range. For example, I have pet rats, and it cost $30 to have one of them put down. We didn't pay to have her cremated, we just brought her home and burried her. My furkids didn't have to "tell" me it was time... when the time came, I just knew. You will know too.
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Posted 04 June 2008 - 09:50 PM

I just had to go through this myself for the first time. It is very hard to describe, but she will let you know when she is ready. You will get that "feeling". That is the last gift you can give her. May you be strong through this difficult time. Just know in your heart that you ARE making the right choice, do not doubt yourself.
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