Waving hi to y'all! I haven been around much, but have tried to lurk and post when I can.
Brace yourselves for tl dr....
I know some of y'all were keeping up with what has been going on with my dog, Bandit. Unfortunately, things have gotten worse for him at a rapid pace. The meds his vet put him on helped for awhile, but recently I noticed that he was struggling a lot more with walking and even more disturbingly, seemed to be unable to not only control his bladder, but pee at all. I took him back to the vet and they started him on an IV of steroids and antibiotics due to a UTI and to see if any inflammation could be reduced to help his walking. He had some more improvement and actually walked to me on his own the first night back, but he quickly has gone back to not being able to walk, stand or urinate on his own. I have been having to express his bladder around the clock and his urine is so concentrated, it's killing the grass. I don't give a damn about the grass...I worry about what that is doing to his kidneys. In the past 24 hours, he pants non stop but will drink very little water.
DH and I talked last night, and we feel it is time to give Bandit mercy and put him to sleep. He turns 14 tomorrow, and we are scheduled to go through with it Monday evening. I am so upset about his decline, but I know this is the right thing to do for him. He's lived a good life and I did everything I could to try and help him.
If you made it this far, kudos. Just want to ask for some thoughts and prayers for strength for me as Bandit as we go through this next week.
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