Making Hard Decisions by Gerri Brousseau

Milo sitting above Mimi

Milo sitting above Mimi

As some of you may know, my little male pug, Milo, has a herniated disk. He seems OK, but he drags his rear feet slightly when he walks. I took him to a Veterinary Neurologist. Now, who knew such a thing existed, but let me tell you – they do. Of course he was not in town and I had to travel half way across the state to have him see Milo.

He said it was his “best guess” that Milo had a herniated disk, but without an MRI he couldn’t say for sure. The MRI would cost $2,000.00. $2,000.00!!! Yes, just to say, “Yep, it’s a herniated disk.” Well, actually he would then know exactly which disk it was just in case I wanted to proceed with the surgery for my 11 year old pug. The total cost would be . . . are you ready? . . . $10,000.00. Now, that’s a lot of money, and even if I had it to spend, I’m not sure I would put my 11 year old pug through spinal cord surgery. Especially when the esteemed Veterinary Neurologist assured me that my dog was not in any pain.

He has been lingering on like this for about 2 years and doing okay. We do have some issues though. He can no longer go up or down the stairs, so I carry him. The biggest issue is that he can’t feel when he has to … go (#2). I’ve been pretty good about getting him out frequently so we haven’t had too many accidents, but lately, and only occasionally, it’s been #1 as well. Now I come to the time to make a hard decision. Is it time to take my happy and loving little pug on the one-way ride? He’s really a great little dog, so loving and happy, so loyal and trusting. I tried doggie diapers, but the little rascal gets out of them! Decisions, decisions. I know some of you out there have had to make a similar decision, but it’s never easy. I keep telling myself that maybe it is worse because it’s winter. It’s cold. I need to take extra time to get on my coat, boots, hat, scarf, and gloves before I can get the little guy out the door. I know you can’t tell me what to do, but what would you do?

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5 Responses to Making Hard Decisions by Gerri Brousseau

  1. Jenna Jaxon says:

    I’m so sorry the prognosis isn’t better for your little pug. We had to make tough decisions about our beloved cat Henry about 13 years ago. He was diagnosed with some kind of cancer. We tried everything, chemo, drugs, our chiropractor even treated him. We did everything we absolutely could. I’d just gotten a new job and the pay was better so we decided we’d do everything we could to keep him with us as long as possible. Not everyone can do that and the bill, while steep, wasn’t 10K by any means. But we never regretted a dollar of what we spent on him or the memories of his last Christmas with us. It’s your decision, and a tough one, but if he’s really not in pain maybe you can find other solutions? Would he go on one of those puppy pads? Let me know if you need more brainstorming ideas.:)

  2. Thanks, Jenna. The puppy pads won’t work because he can’t really feel when he needs to go. It just sort of happens. I spend a lot of time outside with him so his “accidents” have been minimal. I’m going to hang on a little longer and see if I can find a viable solution for my poor little guy. He really is a love.

  3. Gerri Bowen says:

    I am so sorry to read about your pug, Gerri. These decisions are never easy to make. At eleven, he is set in his ways and knows what he can do and what he’s not supposed to do. Changing things too much might confuse him, or he might understand why it is his routine is different. I suggest it’s time to say good-bye, but it is your decision. Never, ever easy.

  4. malanouette says:

    Thinking of you, Ger. You’ll do what’s best.

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