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when is it time to say good by
We have 14 yr old JRT. He has enjoyed good health until
the past year. He is diagnosed after many trips to vet
with arthritis, but other symptoms including fatty tumors (benein) include coughing, ending in gagging like he is going to throw up but doesn't, panting laborious breathing. Vet sees
spot on lungs that has been treated with antibiotics and
steroids for infection. Several X-rays and blood work do not show
signs of Cushing's Syndrome and liver checks out OK. He
has started circling, pants, addomen more swollen, increased appetite, increased urination. All the signs of
Cushings from what I read. He was helped temporarily by strong
dose of antibiotics and steroids, but only for short time.On the steroids he is calmed down for perhaps a couple
of days, but then starts the circling, panting, excessive hard breathing, etc all over again, so it doesn't seem steroids are the
answer to helping him, especially on long term basis. Our vet is
one of the best and caring, but at this point, seems to be trying to
make his life more comfortable.
Question: How do you know when the quality of life is such that you need to say good by to your friend? He is member of our family and will be missed, but we do not want to be selfish and have him