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    This breaks my heart. Only you know what's best for your Annie. These decisions are heartbreaking to make, but knowing how her quality of life would be, I completely understand. You can never be prepared for something like this, but we are all here for you. EBN kept my head on straight after having to make the same decision with Aubrey.

    My thoughts are with you. Once Annie reaches the Rainbow Bridge, she will be healthy and happy. If you need someone to talk to, let me know.

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    I'm so sorry, Karen, that you're faced with such a difficult decision. Out of all the members here, I felt that you and I were the most similar in terms of our beliefs in rawfeeding and following a holistic / homeopathic, chemical-free upbringing.

    But for Annie's sake, I'd like to suggest to please try a different route. I remember when I first brought home Stig, he developed allergies right away. His hotspot and hives were out of control. He had scabs all over, all the hair on his wrinkles fell off, he really looked like a sick puppy. Went to the vets almost every week, spent thousands of dollars, and still they couldn't give me answers. It didn't occur to me to try a different route until we hit bottom, which is when my bf and I decided to give it a couple of weeks, and if he didn't improve, we'd give him back to the breeder.

    It was then when I researched for options, and found this site. I wouldn't have tried raw if it wasn't for one of the members suggesting it. I wouldn't have known to look for a different vet, if it wasn't recommended here. And from there, I continued to meet numerous people who promoted natural remedies.

    I guess what I'm trying to say is that, there's never only one way of doing things. A couple of my close friends had to give her bully steroid shots, one lived to be 13 years old. Sarah, Lisa's first bully, is allergic to 20 foods, and double that for environment, and another double if she travel to another state. She's 10 years old now and still loving life.

    I'm not saying that steroids is the answer. Only to please exhaust all the options. I know you're at your darkest at the moment and feel overwhelmed with sadness and anger, maybe even tired, but please give it another thought. Stig wouldn't be with us now if it weren't for people sharing their perspectives and experiences, even if they sound foolish and irrational at first.
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    My heart goes out to you and your family God bless you all during this very sad time.
    Always in my heart and never far from my thoughts. See you at the rainbow bridge my sweet little Monkey. R.I.P. Raven.

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    I just wish you and Annie all the very best possible in such a hard time. My heart goes out to you, there is just nothing much to offer but prayers and love. God Bless.

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    @karenben cant you try giving her vegetable proteins? Forget the meat for a while. Abby does great on them.

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    Default Re: Written with a heavy heart

    @karenben -- I am numb and heart broken to read this, can't even comprehend what you are feeling and thinking-- Annie has always looked the picture of health - so beautiful. I agree steroids forever is hard to accept, but there is a possibilty they will help and you could slowly ween her off them.... try the vegetable meals like @Twice does for little Abby??
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    I am so sorry.
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    Sooooo very sorry!!!!!

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    At the minimum..why not consider a rescue organization. They usually are more than willing to accept them with all health issues. Often they have specialists willing to try all kinds of things. I understand if you have exhausted yourself and see no hope. I'm not judging you at all..but Annie deserves that last little hope. I truly hope you understand where I'm coming from with this suggestion...it's about Annie..nothing more.

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    I agree 100% with @JAKEISGREAT! Having a puppy with terrible allergies myself, I guess this is hitting close to home. While in the end I believe you know best and will make the best decision for Annie, I truly hope you will consider looking into some other options-a rescue, new diet, new meds (try the steroids or Atopica just to see), or other vet/specialist opinions. It seems there might be other options to be exhausted yet-anything that means she might be able to live and that you and your family wont have to suffer. If you truly believe that she has NO chance at a comfortable life and is just downright miserable and will always be, that's one thing but if you can find something that works and can turn things around.....even if it means seeking help from a rescue etc. that would save her life and your heartache. In the end you know best and I don't want to sound pushy, I usually don't speak out like this, but this is heartbreaking for me to even hear so I can't imagine what it must be doing to you and your family, but please reconsider....putting her down seems like such a last resort/extreme option.

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    If by chance you come back before you put her down please Karen please reconsider. I' know your journey with Annie n how hard its been I have an allergic bully myself. I just want to believe there is more that can be done for Annie. I'm so sorry n heart broken over this. I cannot imagine how hard this is

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    @karenben I can not believe what I just read. I just can't. I have admired you spunk and the meals you have given Annie since the first day I came upon EBN over a year ago . You have been a rock ..................I am just dumbfounded
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