Old Soppy Chops!

Hello Dear Reader,

‘Big dog’ has returned from the vet. We’ve had a discussion about his health, the dog’s not the vet’s and made a few decisions. Scruffy has been diagnosed with Cushings, which is a hormonal imbalance that can and probably will lead to worsening health problems in the future.

Our vet is a country vet and we appreciate his lack of sentimentality. The decision was made that we do nothing. No barrage of further tests, no pills daily but to leave him as he is as he’s not suffering and we agreed he’s ‘had a good innings’. He’s perfectly fit to travel and his cage training is going well. He’s got a collar he wears in the cage that gives off a pheromone that calms him.

If he develops diabetes in the future and if his quality of life worsens then we’ll have to face up to difficult decisions. He’s cost us very little in his life and this certainly isn’t a financial decision. 

For now, we’ll be prescribing extra walkies with sniffing and scratching and lots of back scratches and hugs.

He’s fine and far from down.

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxx


16 thoughts on “Old Soppy Chops!

  1. How sensible, we have been down that road too, and not regretted our decision. Our dog was dearly loved, sadly missed, but we knew in our heart it was the right decision. Hope he enjoys his hols across the sea.


  2. Ah Froogs, it’s never easier when your pets get older. We had an irish setter diagnosed with an abdominal tumour when she was 11. Like you, we took the decision to do nothing except monitor her quality of life. We had a further 18 glorious months with her before she let us know it was time to go. Cherish your time with your boy. ❤️🐶


  3. Aww bless him, for what’s it’s worth I think you have made the right decision, I think sometimes we should let nature take it’s course, he will let you know when he has had enough…


  4. Good decision, you’ll know when the time is right. He’s looks quite happy up on the chair (don’t tell my dogs other dogs get up on the furniture!!)


  5. Frogs, for some reason your posts are not coming up on my blog, as they were. I am having to use Sybil whotters on to get news of you.

    Sorry to hear about soppy chops, you have made the right decision. He has had a very happy life with you.



  6. This is the same approach we’re taking with our elderly cat. We give him his favorite food, which fortunately is also good for him, and keep things quiet and comfortable. He’s always been a grumpy soul and the few months we’d gain by trying to medicate him would make him miserable. He’s much happier this way.


  7. Hi Froogs… I’m sorry for the diagnosis for your pup, but it sounds like he’s got a fantastic life… I manage a Veterinary Hospital here near Seattle, I’ve worked with animals (and obviously the Veterinarians that care for them) for years, and truly what you’ve chosen is exactly what I would. Even given professional discounts for services I’m blessed with in my line of work, I prefer the simplest approach. You love your dog, you’ll give him a fantastic life as long as it lasts, and help him kindly when it’s time to leave. Sometimes choosing to do everything you can medically and financially is no promise of improved health or quality of life, and at times all the pilling, medical treatments and changes just upset our furry friends and can ruin the bond we have.

    You just keep loving your furry friend, and listen to when he tells you it’s time to go, whenever that is. It’s always harder for us than it is for them.



  8. I am sorry that your little man has this illness. However, he is well loved and I know you will make the right decisions at the given time. As someone wrote he will let you know. I hope that his final season with you is filled with lots of love and kindness as I am sure that will happen.


  9. Having pets gives us so much love and happiness but illness and loosing them is the price we pay. You have definitely made the right decision. Quality of life is the most important thing. My 2 year old dog has just been diagnosed with meningitis. She is undergoing six months of medication bot the outlook is good. Thank goodness for insurance though, with a bill of several thousands it would have made a huge hole in my savings and after all she is only two and to us, irreplaceable.


  10. He is a very gorgeous dog! I wish him well and I think you are doing the right thing – for what my two pennyworth is worth! Good luck on the ferry, I hope they will do fine..


  11. Froogs, what a wise person you are. I made the opposite decision when our beloved cat Chipper was diagnosed with renal failure. Between trying to force medicine down her throat, and sticking needles in her to transfuse her with liquids, I know we made her last few weeks miserable. That was more than 2 years ago, and I still weep at the thought. Incidentally, I finally decided to stop torturing us both, and she passed away in my arms several days later. Love sometimes means letting life spool out as it was destined to.


  12. Sad news, but I think you are making exactly the right choice, and the one we would have made if it had been one of our dogs.

    I hate it when some vets start with the long spiel about ‘we can do this, this and this and give you this, this and this medication’, your vet sounds much more sensible and that’s the beauty of going to a country vet, good solid treatment that’s the best for the animals and the owners.

    I’m glad the pheromone collar idea is working.


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