Hi. I'll try to keep it short. I'm exhausted. I've been dating my girlfriend for nearly 2 years and the whole time she's had a sweet little dog named Betsy. Betsy just turned 16 years old. Starting in January Betsy started having health problems. We discovered she had a heart murmur. The vet put her on a drug called pimobendan and honestly it breathed new life into Betsy and we had a wonderful 2 months with her. Early in April Betsy started having other problems. Extreme digestive discomfort causes her to endlessly pace around in pain, and from the endless pacing she developed pulmonary hypertension. So, we got drugs for the pulmonary hypertension. Betsy had reduced lung capacity, but it seemed like she was still getting enjoyment out of life.
Starting early May the digestive problems increased. After every single meal Betsy is writhing in pain for hours. She starts endlessly pacing and in the last 4 days she has blacked out from the pain. I found her crumpled on the floor barely breathing on the weekend. My girlfriend finally agreed it was time and we were supposed to euthanize her on Monday. We even did a “final walk” Sunday evening, and said our goodbyes to Betsy. I went through an entire toilet paper roll crying. But I knew it was the right decision. Monday morning Betsy wasn't writhing in pain, so girlfriend said she can't put her down. Although I strongly disagreed with her it's not my dog so I couldn't really push the issue. Now we're on Tuesday. I was up all night with Betsy holding her and rubbing her belly to try to ease her pain. I just can't do this anymore. The poor thing is in so much agony. 2 hours ago she once again collapsed after pacing around in extreme pain. It took a while to revive her.
I'm scared I'm going to lose my temper on my girlfriend. I'm extremely sleep deprived. She can't stay up all night to watch the dog because she is still working regular hours. So I'm the one staying up all night. Betsy doesn't want to be alive anymore. Every time she eats her inflamed intestine causes her to not be able to sit still. It's awful. I threw my back out from constantly picking her up and putting her back to bed. How do I go about this? My girlfriend knows how I feel. But she keeps insisting Betsy will get through it “she just needs to poop and just needs to be loved”.
I LOVE THIS DOG TOO AND THAT'S WHY I WANT HER TO BE AT PEACE. Please if anyone has any advice I'd love to hear it.