Some pharmacies will put medication in liquid form which is easier to give. I know you’ll do what’s best for him. So her blood results were perfect, as they were amazed because of her age. This she does periodically, not all the time. We decided, vet came in with some food while she gave her the shot to relax her. I am so sad and I just want to make the best decision for Rosie. After testing, the vet said it could be an infection. He’s started to refuse foods that he has absolutely loved for years. I can’t say if your dog is ready – I’m not a vet so anything I say is from my own experience – but you should take hime to the vet to get checked out. I have a basset hound that is almost 10. But our 3 year old daughter and she had bonded and when the two of them were together they both were very obviously content. He saw another vet mine was on vacation he took all but the last 4 days of meds was sick so called vet stopped meds while he was sick I stopped the chiropractic appointments didn’t want him having accidents then resumed wow he’s more alert but then I stopped the glucosamine was told to increase because of winter but nausea and vomiting so cut back then stopped again better he does better without meds at all sleeps eats good now he has his good and bad days eating but he always eats doesn’t go in the house and is alert by doesn’t walk my husband and I take turns taking him up and down pitch steps he’s happy we massage him he plays but he does sleep 19 hours a day has lost most of muscle mass but I have found creative ways and variety to feed him he loves green beans and carrots but cooked he cannot eat dry food anymore has been on a soft diet almost a year the hard part I know he will let me know I have saved pets from extreme pain before by looking at there eyes he is still full of life but I know that time might be by the end of the year I have never had to put a pet to sleep I ponder every day if it should be soon my son lost his daughter in July and it would devastate him we have had 4 family members pass away in the last 2 years and this would devastate me but I know for sure he will let me know I know how everyone feels posting on here. She has problems getting up , and sleeps 22 hours a day. If you know Rudy is in pain then it’s probably worse than he’s letting on. I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart is breaking, I don’t know if I am strong enough to do it, but I do not want him in pain, and he is only happy when I am with him, that with his deteriorating hips and arthritis is not quality enough. Many friends have said put her down, but they aren’t animal people. Swimming after the tennis ball It’s widely used, safe, and has helped ease pain in many dogs. We had 15 and a half wonderful years with our sweet girl. We carried him up and down the stairs for about 6 months which was not a big deal since he was only 18 lbs. We all know what is coming but I don’t want to do this before I have to. Sounds like you’re doing your best to keep him happy. Went outside in the a.m., came in slept. I’m sure you’ll know when he’s ready to let go. We’re going to visit our vet this morning. When she sneezes blood comes out of her mouth & nose. He snapped at my sister dog and broke the leg Two days ago we crossed off the last item on the above list, our boy stopped eating. Thank you for sharing your story about Dylan. It’s such a hard decision. She gets very thirsty. Poncho is now totally blind & deaf, no more stairs, playing every day seems harder, I know its time I just never had to do this. I am in such a state. Last May, during a blood check before his teeth cleaning, he was diagnosed with elevated liver enzyme levels. it would be so appreciated. I have a beautiful 14.5 yo English Springer Spaniel, my Oliver. He has not lost interest in eating and still gets a little peppy when it’s time to eat. I went home last week to help get the house ready to turn over to my son and though she can’t see or hear me, she wagged her tail when she smelled I was home and gave me her puppy kisses. Thank you for this information. He wasn’t even excited about a car ride. We handled that with doggie diapers. It’s easy to put off “the call” but if you believe your dog is suffering you shouldn’t wait. She doesn’t know where she is in the home and i need to carry her to either food dishes or bed. My 10 year old mutt (pom, poodle, and a couple of other things) has really declined over the last week. I know deep down he’ll not have long, there’s no way to treat it without proper diagnosis but we don’t have time now for that. She rarely wags her tail and no longer likes to play. My biggest issue in trying to make this decision is that I will be having major surgery next week with at least three months recovery time. This is a dog who had a freak accident and lost her hind end to paralysis (Fibrocartiliginous embolism=stroke in the spine with a 50/50 recovery rate).. We did physical therapy and ultimately became rockstar hikers together as part of her healing process. The said she had a cyst type feature on the side of her back hind leg. And others have serious separation anxiety. But she sleeps very deeply… I have to get her up in the mornings to go outside… literally pick her up and move her along. She can get up and down stairs slowly and still wants to go for short walks to do her business outside and sniff around. It’s not something a healthy dog does. They of course wanted to biopsy it. I have peace with my decision, but now I replay the last year and wonder if there was more I could have done along the way. I don’t know if you’ve gone to the vet to check his back legs but you should do that asap. We took him outside, helped him stand up, but he was struggling. I only got to meet our Lilly about 10 months ago, she has been my constant companion since then, the last couple of days she is NOT here laying beside me as I sit on the pc, I got some food into her today, made her a hamburger with some rice, and brought the water dish to her for her to drink, I spent last night with her downstairs and know that tonight will be my last night with her, my heart is BREAKING, but she falls when she tries to stand, she is laying in her own pee, she is my girl and we have decided tomorrow we have to do it, she’s had several bouts since I’ve been here, but this one isn’t changing, and although we are giving her vet prescribed pain pills, I know the cancer is eating her up, yes, maybe we are selfish to keep her with us as long as we could, but, she’s just so sweet and beautiful and I kept trying to keep her with me so I could spend more time with this sweet soul. She’s completely dead and blond in one eye. As long as nothing was moved around or left out on the floor she knew her way around the house and the yard and still loved her road trips! MyDog turned 15 a few months ago she constantly falls on the floor with her back two legs she does not run anymore she’s eating every other day do you think it’s time. My dog has diabetes and had those same symptoms. I have a 13 y labrador . She has on and off sleep disorder. The greatest beagle hound of all time Mikey! When I read this I think what is this person thinking- the old guy was ready to go…. He’s a dalmatian mixed with something that made him huge. This past one, however, he can not lift his head, walk, and he sleeps most of the day, occasionally whimpering. Health issues may also be behind why a dog sleeps all day. I’m Mikey! I’m so sorry. Our beloved Happy is a 12 year old fox terrier. He is deaf and blind, but still sniffs out food. He has started going potty in the house going out the dog dog is getting difficult. She has never had any issues and has been the perfect dog. Our dog had arthritis for years, and we were able to manage it. She used to chase the vacuum, barked at the mailman or anybody just walking by my house. The vet said the cancer will probably be inoperable because of the position of the tumor (so close to her eye and muzzle). They don’t put humans down when we have to use wheel chairs or walkers or just need a little help. Anyone who loved will understand. I’m so sorry for yr loss. I’m so sorry about your dog. Please help me decide if I should put him down or not. We will have her privately creamated and her ashes will be buried in our backyard where she loved to play. Some dogs become more difficult/aggressive because they are in pain, which would make sense for a dog that age. Hi Everything else was good. One last thing – you aren’t killing your dog. I feel I let her down and feel she died at my hands. My Westie, (West Highland Terrier. Have a look at booyahstrollers.com – I bought one for my 15 year old pug 2 years ago & he seems to like it. He stayed for several days and ate a little while he was there, but when he came home he stopped eating again. She pees in the house on a daily basis. The vet started to cry too. I just can’t , I would feel like part of my heart being ripped out the day he’s no longer with me. Thank you for giving your perspective. They believe he has liver cancer. You should definitely do that before you make any decisions. Our dog had the same problem about holding poop until he got outside for about 6 months before we let him go. As I did, Dave jumped out of his truck and he said to me… Oh my God Lucy son is here. She also has all the signs of dementia. he was fine when I got home at 5pm but about an hr later he stumbled getting off the couch. Now her nails are growing in different directions,one completely fell out. I’m struggling with the decision to put down my 13 year old Shiba Inu/Terrier Mix. I crush his pills and place it in 10cc’s of vanilla ensure.. He wears what we call a piddle pad, a doggie diaper. Zoey was always there for me. He has cataracts, is deaf, sleeps A LOT, has quite a few tumors on his body, and struggles with mobility due to stiff/painful joints and loss of coordination. We took in my sisters’ little longhaired Doxie about 4 years ago when she was going through a divorce. He said it was an abscessed tooth. I am grateful that she came into my life and for so long. They were, and are, our family! She was still going to the bathroom and drinking water. As i write this, i think it’s becoming clear. He at times does not want to be bothered but I know he would never intentionally want to hurt his buddy, but that actually instilled in me a bit of fear, or reality rather. After his meds he did great but now probably about a year after he started his meds he’s acting sluggish again. Once he stopped eating we knew it was time to let him go. It will be a very sad day for us and just the thought of it brings tears to my eyes. Take care. My darling baby girl, Coco, who is a 12 year old choc lab and the light of my life, is due to be euthanized tomorrow morning. We could have put him on steroids to reduce the swelling and bought a couple more weeks but at what cost to his happiness? She curled up her front leg first and I had her checked and nothing was found. Other than that she has always been healthy. She refuses to take any kind of medicine. Tomorrow we are seeing the vet to end his suffering. I had to ask her, “is he gone?” She nodded yes. He put her on antibiotics for two weeks. Vet said bring him back in three weeks to recheck. She only wanted to go up and down the street and was miserable the entire time. I’m not a vet but our vet told us that when dogs start to pee and poop in their beds it’s a pretty strong sign that they are ready to let go. The way we came to our decision was to focus only on your pet and their quality of life. We knew it was a bad sigh, and when he stopped eating we made the tough decision to let him go. Today August 05,2019 my miniature Pinscher is by the Vet!!.. Healhwise, the vet says he’s fine – just old and he says hes a fighter which makes me feel guilty to even consider euthanasia. However, he has had two more incidents, the last one just this past Thursday. He went almost everywhere with me and the family, vacations, coffee runs, the park , hikes etc. Love dad. But they depend on use to let them go when they’re ready, and that’s one of the bests gifts you can give them. He still walks around the house and the backyard seems to be in no pain, Just difficult seeing and hearing. I rationalize that even if I had done everything ‘perfect’, it wouldn’t have changed the outcome and even if his liver disease had not progressed, the quickly growing tumor in his mouth was terminal too, but I still feel guilty. You just can’t do it. Our dog wagged his tail for the first time in days when the vet came to our home to euthanize him. I know in my heart that she’s hanging on for me. If your dog is … I laid on my kitchen floor with him the past couple of nights because I hate that he is all alone in the kitchen (his infirmary). He had deteriorated to the point where he had a hard time getting up, had no interest in anything, either laid around in a catatonic state or wandered aimlessly like he was drunk getting lost under tables. My hand could feel her heart beating. Watch Queue Queue Thank you for your response…it felt good to talk about it. I am beside myself, thank you for this article I know what I must do:(. She still wants to play at times but I sometimes have to give her extra boost to get up. I had my 14 1/2-year- Old Shih Tzu teeth clean after the teeth cleaning she started having neurological episode similar to a seizure this went on for months. However, Tank can’t be left to sleep on anything: bed, couch, blanket, towel without peeing on it. A few days before Dylan died, a woman who works at Metro Dog Seattle (the dog daycare where we take our dog Miguel) who knew what we were going through told us how she knew when it was time to let a dog go. We rescued her at 11 weeks old, She had a broken tail and no whiskers. He is incontinent and often confused. I decided that meant it was time because she had always his her pain from me even when she was bleeding internally she didn’t cry so I knew she was in great pain and not getting better. Sounds like you’re doing everything possible for him. 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