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I’m writing today about some stuff that’s not really so common to be done here in the Philippines. One of them is putting your pets (any pet) to sleep. Well a few weeks ago we had our dog  put sleep. She’s been with us for over 9 years. It was a difficult decision for all of us in the family, but at the end we had to do it so Fluffy would not suffer more and much longer. Not one of the kids wants to take her there. We definitely shed tears for her. We gathered our kids and nieces and have their say on what to do with her. We all agreed to let Fluffy sleep without pain.

Fluffy in her better days

Fluffy in her better days

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A few months ago I noticed Fluffy had some rashes, and I saw her itch it. So we thought it’s just from the fleas. So I bought different shampoo for her. I really thought it got better, but I was wrong. So we decided to bring her to the Vet. The vet gave her some medicine and we bought some shampoo there. It just didn’t get better though. Last month I could see that the skin rashes got worse. It even covered up her eyelids. I’m really heart broken just watching her daily as she kept on scratching.

Bob also saw Fluffy out in our front yard scratching so much. So we talked and we told our niece to bring Fluffy to the vet and see what does the vet think? To ask the doctor also if it would be better for Fluffy to be put down or have medication? When our niece came back the doctor gave us 2 choices. If we want Fluffy be treated it might take a few months and she’s not sure if she would really heal because of her age. It will cost us over 5k a month for that. And taking her age into consideration she might not last long too. If we chose to put Fluffy down it will cost us 2k (including the medicine to use). They will bury her too.

You have to sign a waver that it was our choice to do that. Just to avoid lawsuit against the vet. You can even watch the process if you want to when they put your pet to sleep. So that evening all of us the family gathered to talk about it and what’s the best options for Fluffy. We all decided to put her down so she would be out of her misery. That’s the best thing for her. We did it for our love for Fluffy. The next day my brother-in-law Jhun brought Fluffy to the vet. Thank God Jhun was here at the house to work on our organic garden.

Some of Fluffy's Puppies

Some of Fluffy’s Puppies

I’m not going to let someone kill her for them to eat her. You know that’s what the typical drunkards do here. They will kill that dog and make it there appetizer (hors d’oeuvres, pulutan, sumsuman) while drinking. Sounds yucky, but that’s the reality here. We had neighbors in GenSan before that they really enjoyed eating dog meat than other meat. They almost had party every weekend. How do we know it’s dog? Because it shows when they’re roasting, the whole dog on the bamboo rod. It really grossed me out but can’t tell them what to eat. Sometimes they offered some when we pass by, I just smile. It’s really disgusting but it’s not my place to tell them.

Just to show how rare it is here to have a dog or other pet put to sleep, just after we had Fluffy put down, my cousin visited with her family  I told her that we had to have Fluffy put to sleep.  She said “Oh, really?”  After a few minutes she asked, “Where is Fluffy?”  I reminded her that Fluffy had been put to sleep, but she said “where is she now?”  She had no idea that what I meant was that the vet had euthanized Fluffy, due to her health.  It is just not a well known thing here in the Philippines.

We had a good years with Fluffy. She gave us few pups. Some of our friends have her puppies. The puppies turned out to be good for them too. While writing this post, we got a new pup for the kids. It’s a black pup. We named him Pepper. I will post some pictures here later and on FB. We also have a dog named Chichi.

The price for putting down a pet might vary from one place to the other. Not sure how much the cost in the other cities here in the Philippines. I was just quoting the price of Davao City. Just like when we had our cats spayed the first one it cost 3,500, we are not happy with the result. Our cat still in heat which is annoying because she’s so loud and you felt sorry for her. Our second one it cost 5k but we are really happy with the result. We will be going to have our third one (Blue) pretty soon. We already had a quote from our vet. It will be 3,500 if the weight below 5 kilos. So we are trying that Blue’s weight will not exceed 5 kilos.

 

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Feyma Martin is a Columnist here on the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine, she is the wife of site Publisher, Bob Martin. Feyma is originally from the Philippines, but went to the USA for 10 years after marrying Bob in 1990. Bob & Feyma moved to the Philippines to live permanently in 2000.

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Vivien Aquino
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I went through the same agonizing process when I put to sleep our English black lab, Rambo, he was 15 years old, he got depressed when my husband passed away, he was his dog. he had some joint problems typical of Labradors. My husband passed away October 2011, and I had to put Rambo to sleep December 2011. Two deaths in a row was just too much to bear, but like you, I don’t want him to suffer, I want him to die with dignity and not in pain. I cried for months, and I still miss him, the most… Read more »

Paul Thompson
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Feyma; I’ve been looking at your dog’s picture and thinking of our dog “Dona Mini” she turned 14 this year and is moving very, very slow. Now she wakes up and barks once and then falls back to sleep. The vet said she is in good health but if that changes we might also have to think about the other way. I agree with you I won’t let her suffer with any pain. It’s not something I want to think about, but must. I know the loss of a pet is a hard thing to endure, I feel bad for… Read more »

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bigp

I sympathize with your loss.

Richard
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Richard

I am very sorry for your lose..
I just put my dog down a few weeks ago and still look for her all the time..she was with me 14 years. It is a hard thing to do..I cryed like a baby..it is like a family member is gone.
So sorry..
~~Richard

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papaduck

Mrs Feyma,
I’m sorry to hear about the loss of Fluffy. It’s like the loss of a family member. Alot of times getting a new dog fills the void of your lost friend.

Cordillera Cowboy
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So sorry to hear of your loss. At the same time, I’m happy that the dog had a good and comfortable life with your family. I think that it’s a hit or miss situation with finding a good veterinarian in the Philippines. It sounds as if you have a good one.

Take care,
Pete

George
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Feyma,Im sorry for your loss,Fluffy.I relate to your Feeling.2 weeks ago I had to do the same thing here.Sasah was 13 and very over weight.The vet diagnosed her with hart failure too.She came running into my room here with her whole body expanding with every hart beat.her cough was like someone suffering with lung cancer.This is another side effect of the hart failure and I cant fix it.The Vet gave meds I administer 2 times a day.Finnaly enough was enough I took her in.It was a 3 shot process and I was able to be right there with her.I have… Read more »

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Roselyn

Sorry for your loss, Feyma. My late mother put her 15 year old bull terrier to sleep in Cebu City. He was a family member. The whole household were in tears. The vet couldn’t do anything for him anymore. Thanks for sharing your story.

Riley Jackson
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Riley Jackson

Hi Fryma,

Sorry to hear about Fluffy. It seems like you guys really loved her and will miss her dearly…

Murray
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Murray

When my Kiwi wife and I divorced, I had to sell the family home. We had no children. The hardest thing to me about the divorce was having to find new homes for my three cats. I loved those cats so much. Fortunately I found them good homes and they had great lives. None are alive now due to old age.

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