01-30-2016, 12:21 PM
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I am so, so sorry. I went through a similar thing a couple of years ago with my heart dog, Sam. He just lost weight, couldn't keep down food, etc. It was incredibly hard. 6 months later, one of my other heart dogs went down a similar path.
I think that if the vet thinks a clear-cut cause can be found, and you're willing to pay, diagnostics may be an option. In my Sam's case, there was just so much going on - his entire body was failing. It wasn't as simple as removing a tumor or chemo; there really wasn't anything that could be done. And eventually, I had to let him go.
When the time is right, you'll know. We are in tune with our dogs, particularly our special dogs, and we instinctively know when they are hurting too much to continue on.
Your story has brought tears to my eyes; the pain is too familiar. Hank knows you'll do right by him, and I truly believe (though I know not everyone does) that even when they pass on they never really leave us - they look after us until it's our time to join them.
I'll be thinking of you. ((hugs))