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My mom owns a small mutt that has been shaking the last couple of days. I just heard about it yesterday. He also yelps in pain once in awhile. My mom wont take him to the vet because of money. We barely are making it with the economy the way it is. My mom has to also see a doctor for serious problems but can't because of it. I don't know what to do about the dog. I love him so much. He is about 10 years old and my mom told me that she doesn't think he will make it. My mom's boyfriend used to be a rancher so he is used to death in animals and doesn't seem to care. I have no money. I'm 17 and broke. I'm crying as I type this because I don't know what I can do. My mom texted me saying this is how it is for the poor. I don't even live at home. I live with my gram. I just want to take the dog and atleast let the dog live peacefully. There is no way I can afford the vet. I told my sisters to give the dog some aspirin, so I hope that he will get better. Does anyone have any advice for me? Everyone is probably going to bash me, which I really don't need. I just want the dog to be fine and he's not. I feel really guilty, but there is nothing I can really do. My gram is picking me up soon and I want to take the dog with me, but she probably wont let me.
 

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If your mother can't or won't take the dog to a vet, it probably will wind up dying. Your taking it won't do anything except have it die somewhere else, unless your grandmother is willing to shell out the money for a vet visit.

Instead of just letting nature take its cruel course, maybe your mother's BF could put the dog out of its misery. That would be better than letting it continue to suffer.

I know that's not what you wanted to hear, but the dog needs to see a vet or be put down. Letting him continue to hurt is willful cruelty, poor or not.
 

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Unfortunately Speed Racer may be right, if the dog is obviously in pain. If he is not, then let him die in his home. I am sorry you are deeling with this. Its not easy to lose a pet/ a friend.
Times are hard and as much as I hate seeing how many dogs end up in the pound or homeless, its people who own pets and dont care for them that make me mad. Its not fair to the dog.
 

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If your mother can't or won't take the dog to a vet, it probably will wind up dying. Your taking it won't do anything except have it die somewhere else, unless your grandmother is willing to shell out the money for a vet visit.

Instead of just letting nature take its cruel course, maybe your mother's BF could put the dog out of its misery. That would be better than letting it continue to suffer.

I know that's not what you wanted to hear, but the dog needs to see a vet or be put out of his misery. Letting him continue to hurt is cruel.
But what if it the dog get's better? The dog used to hang out with me all of the time. I can't let that dog die alone on the floor. :-(

ETA- My sister just called me. He barfed. I'm literally in tears right now.
 

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Do you really want to make the dog suffer on a "what if?" If you don't take it to a vet, there's no way to know if he'll get better. Better two weeks too early than a day too late.
 

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The dog is 10. Even on the best case scenario he has 2 years left. but my guess is his care hasnt been top notch because money is tight. You can let the dog remain uncomfortable and die in his home. Just make sure he has some warm blanket to lay on and go see him to keep him company until he passes. But if he shows any signs like vomitting blood, blood in his stool, or doesnt get up to go to the bathroom- i'd say the best thing you can do is put him down.
 

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But what if it the dog get's better?
How long are you willing to make him suffer before you figure out he's not going to get better?

If he's been shaking and whining in pain for days now, it's rather foolish to hope he'll just miraculously get better on his own.

I know what it's like to lose a beloved animal. Either man up and find the money to take that dog to the vet, or put him out of his misery. Anything less is inexcusable.

I know it's not your dog, but you brought it to our attention. On a BB full of responsible animal lovers did you really expect any of us to say, 'Oh, just give him loves and hugs, and everything will be all right.'
 

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I talked with my mom. He is seeing the vet tomorrow and we will decide if he needs to be put to sleep. He barfed again and walked over to his food dish and ate.
 

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If an animal (or person for that matter!) is "barfing" PLEASE TAKE THE FOOD AWAY! After a few hours of not "barfing" perhaps offer some boiled rice. or-wait for the vet tomorrow. But don't just keep feeding it, unless you love cleaning up "barf" and want its electrolytes all messed up!

I am glad it is going to the vet.

and-BTW, LetAGirlShowU, for a small dog, 12 is NOT all that old. 14 and 15 is not all that uncommon. Mine old girl is 13, has had Addisons disease for 6-7 years, and noone ever guesses she is as old as she is! (not many teeth, but besides that.....good to go!)
 

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Sorry that I have not updated. I haven't had internet access for a couple of days. The dog went to the vet, and the vet said that he dislocated a dics in his back area. I kind of forgot exactly what she said. The dog is on medication and is getting better. He is going to be alright. :D We just have to keep him on crate rest for another week or so and make him take it easy. I'm just so happy that he is going to be ok. I love him so much.
 

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Glad to hear that the dog is getting better.
 
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