The vet told me I’ll know. The once energetic bassey who loved to run and play. But now it’s worse than ever… she barks at us for long periods of time even when we are at home (not only when we arrive home). But when the time comes, I don’t think I’ll be able to put him down. A few years back he has a vestibular issue and has had somewhat of an unsteady gait since (along with an endearing tilted head). You feel guilty no matter what you do. My vet put her on medication for the accidents, but no improvement. We’re going to visit our vet this morning. I just can’t.” I definitely didn’t know. I took him home and continued to love and take care of him. He paces around and falls due to weakness in his hips. He doesnt hurt and he is still happily eating so we are going to wait a little while longer. The ‘list of favorite things’ has been what I was looking for…I know there isn’t a definitive or perfect way, but reading the stories of loving pet owners has been so helpful in giving me a little direction when I felt like I was spinning around and would never know which way to even look. The lost control of her bowels and her bladder. She hasn’t woke up and it’s nearly noon… she was always the one that woke the household up. In May she started eating a ton and then reverted back to barely eating even when I tried to hand feed her although she still wanted treats. This past year though she was diagnosed with cognitive dysfunction. You need to judge whether or not her quality of life is suffering or not. I’m so confused about what to do here as it feels so selfish to euthanize her at this point. Your dog’s sleeping is interfering with eating or drinking. I’m sorry you’re going through this. She is very stiff, but doesn’t act in pain. I feel so bad for him and keep wondering if I could afford further testing, would we find the cause of his condition and be able to treat it? I’m so glad it helped, thank you. I’m sorry. My old girl is a 3 legged black lab. Ten seems young … When I first found out she was terminally ill, I could not see myself putting her to sleep. I know you’ll do what’s best for him. That is usually a sure sign that something is wrong. I knew the end was near, but kept hoping for a turnaround. It takes him a while to get warmed up to move. This is the first time that I have had a dog where their body had failed them from old age, not from an illness. It sounds like you’re doing everything for her you possibly can. He was in our one bedroom and it was dark and he couldn’t find his way out. Turned out he declined overnight and we asked her to come by the next day. And now my baby is experiencing some deafness and the change in his eyesight. I’m so sorry about your dog. If you haven’t done it yet, you should take her to your vet for a health analysis and see if he/she has a recommendation. I know intellectually Bassetts are not long lived dogs but …. There are strollers for dogs for dogs but I don’t know anything about them. He was 6 when I got home in 2006. He has been on Prednisone, For quite some time for allergies. he starts to play bite or grabs his toys to play. It seemed like it was time, but I didn’t know. My almost 16 yr old Bichon is still eating and taking treats, but she’s sleeping all day and night. It’s now September 10th 2019, how is it going ? What should I do. He has been limping lately and I don't know why that is. Thank you for posting this, our 15 year old boy can’t seem to keep anything down and hasn’t wanted to move in a couple of days. Back and forth to her kennel, around the kitchen. I was looking at a dog who still caught treats out of the air, still always made his way to go potty outside, and who could still hear well and seemed to have his sense of humor intact. I am not sure if she will adjust. I have a zoo of animals in my house and each one of these babies have as much of my heart as my 3 kids. He is blind and will have trouble finding his way back to the house when he goes potty, but he makes it. Your dog can’t make the decision so it is your responsibility to dictate when his life will end. She was suffering and I had to take her out of her pain. We don’t want him to be in any more pain. Thanks for letting me tell our story, Boonie’s and mine. He still likes to cuddle and wags his tail when he is pleased. I’m so sorry for your loss. If she’s not in pain and loves being around you and your husband then she may not be ready to go. I hope this helps. He has very bad hips and is now on pain meds and steroid shots. My heart is breaking. I’ve had other dogs but nothing got me like this gentle old creature. He also seems to poop every time I let him outside. Possibly my guilt about not wanting to clean up after her anymore is really bothering me. She has free access to the house, but all she does is sleep (my husband is home). She was a rescue dog brought into our home when she was about 1 to 2 years old and we had five teenagers and there was not enough time and patience to really train her the way she should have been trained. Duke had been over weight, yet at this rate not for long.. I’m so confused on what could be the problem… ? It’s like he is the walking dead. He does have accidents in the house usually if he doesnt let us know or we dont hear him moving around. 3. It’s easy to put off “the call” but if you believe your dog is suffering you shouldn’t wait. He has disc problems and had been unable to do stairs for a number of years so I slept down on the floor next to his bed for the past year or so. We had to help him up stairs and on the couch for several months because his legs were so weak. I thought she had been stung by a bee or something because it came up so fast. Our daughter would run in the house and head straight for her furry buddy. My inclination is to try to keep her comfy and see how long the ol’ girl will stay with me. We got him an indoor (it’s winter in MN) soccer ball a month ago and he went right at playing, but now he’S not been interested. She was acting completely fine last night. Vet said she was not dehydrated and was very strong, no heart murmur or anything. So it is hard for me to tell. My husband and I put our chihuahua down on Monday the 21st after 17 years of happiness with her. but he still eats his food. I took him to the vet and she said his lymph nodes were swollen under his chin and in the groin area. Anyway – I found this site during one of my sleepless nights plotting a different imaginary course for Buford and have appreciated reading the stories that tell me I’m not alone. However, you should be concerned if you leave your dog for a long time (say, for work) and he continues to sleep after you get home, barely reacting to your presence, something is probably wrong, or if he stays curled up instead of coming to the window or door for things that once attracted him, like the visitors or a passing dog. I am coming around to the fact that it’s time. Not really. He is blind, deaf, and has really bad arthritis. He lost his sight too . I’m sure it must have been difficult to watch your dog’s health decline. As tough as it is to do I thought about my parents, who both passed away in the last year. When Im watching TV he would lay on his chair in the living room with me but now he goes into the bedroom where his bed is. When we knew he wasn’t going to last much longer we made an appt with her to come over and let us know how the process would work. I feel like I’m leaning toward letting my baby dog go soon. Wow! He said it’s probably the cause of a tumor but at her age any kind of additional exploratory tests would not be wise due to her age and health. I’d talk to a behavioralist about the counter surfing and trash digging. Angie- When she’s up she tends to pace and pant. The stitches got infected and she spent five days in the er. Even blood tested normal. She’s my beautiful angel furbabie.how in the hell am I supposed to murder her. He is still eating but he is now deaf, almost completely blind he no longer barks sleeps much of the day. She can hardly hear or see. I’m sorry your son lost his daughter but that shouldn’t factor into your decision. Thanks for sharing your story. While we will all be with her (including her puppy brother who she pretends to loathe, she actually misses him because my husband has found her laying in the vicinity of where his crate was), the house will be different. Thanks to the original author and everyone in this thread. The vet advised just keeping her comfortable for as long as possible and then making the decision when the time felt right. I was physically sick for about a month after we had him euthanized. He made his way down the stairs twice and coming back up, he kept falling. She no longer poops outside. Anytime in the past that she has been on rimadylrimadyl, steroids or antibiotics they have made her I’ll. Have you discussed it with your veterinarian? He passed gently, in my arms, and with no fear, hearing me tell him I loved him forever, just like my dad. One week later she died. The saddest part is we all see this but Chief is my dads baby so he’s in extreme in denial about it all & wont listen to anything we have to say about it. You just can’t do it. If you know his quality of life is poor then you probably know what you should do. I could not let them take him last week and we decided to bring him home with a weeks worth of pain meds and give him some good last days, take him to the beach, and get him his favorite food, barbecue and hot dogs. We knew Dylan wouldn’t be with us long after he lost interest in tennis balls. My husband is at the vet's now, I am so very worried for this little girl, who absolutely loves everyone in our family and we love her immensely. I’m really confused. The vet was coming at 2:00 that afternoon. They believe he has liver cancer. Do you have stroller specific for dogs or just a regular stroller. Thank you for rescuing him. I do not know if she is in pain as she does not make any sound. First every 6 weeks or so, then in the last few weeks more and more often. She has been my life since day one. We just put our dog down and it was the hardest decision I make. Just watching her sleep or flop onto the ground in a bit of a slump breaks my heart. Added fresh pet to his food. So fluids and blood tests out. My personal opinion is that it is better to do it a little early than a little late so you can be sure your dog isn’t suffering, but everyone has to decide for themselves. As a food hound this concerned me. We (and she) knew it was time. She does not pee or poop in the house. I’m sorry but I’m not a vet and can’t give advice about euthanizing your dog. As I did, Dave jumped out of his truck and he said to me… Oh my God Lucy son is here. Over the last 2 years he has started getting more and more tumors on his body. I’m glad it helped. She has a few tumors on her body. I have searched and searched in the bible and NO WHERE DOES IT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT PUTTING THEM DOWN. The X-ray and ultrasound showed enlarged prostate, the vet there suspected it might be cancerous, but could not know for sure without biopsy. Having to put your feelings aside and think only of your pet and their situation will be tough but will help. Vet said these were micro seizures and were controlled with meds for over a year, but the twitching in her face came back even on the meds. I love you Lilly……. He stopped going out with my husband to the woods about a year ago…trouble with hind quarters in and out of truck – used ramp still no good. After testing, the vet said it could be an infection. We used a harness to get her up and I pretty much lifted and carried her in and ouside.She started the prednisone again, but this time it didn’t help. This is very hard, she has been my companion for many years but I think it’s what I have to do. Many animals go off to be alone when the know they are dying. She turns 14 soon but has definitely declined in health. He seems like he has trouble breathing sometimes, he will just breath very fast and deep sometimes like he just ran a marathon but he really had barely walked across the room, small room.. In the last few days, he has stopped eating and cannot go outside the house and get back in without assistance. Will move his check up this week with neurologist and will ask options. July 9, 2018 by Seattle DogSpot 426 Comments. I’d try another vet and see what he/she says. Our vet told me that peeing/pooping in their beds is a strong indication they are ready to go. I’m not a vet so I can’t make a recommendation. I pray it may help: https://youtu.be/NRgCGQSYZV0. I have helplessly watched her waste away unable to do anything to help. In February of this year they tested her liver enzymes and found them elevated double from last year. Where do you live? Bringing relief from pain now is imperative and unselfish. She is incontinent very frequently of both bowel and bladder but she won’t wear diapers. She is losing bowel control. You may want to speak with a vet about medication to relieve her anxiety before you move her to help with the transition. Dogs rarely soil where they sleep. I don’t mind, he’s my baby. We must think of the love that has held us together, the unconditional love, and ask, “Will we miss you less if we wait?” Surely the answer is no. Nearly 2 years ago he had a large abscessed tooth so we took him in. I’ve already reached the max on my budget for the vet bill so I can’t afford to have any more tests run. For about a week or so she has been sneezing because the lump is on her muzzle and must be pressing against her sinuses. About 3 weeks ago I noticed a lump on her face. His appetite has continued to be hearty. About 3 months ago she was outside on our landing and my wife called her to come in and she could not get up. I just put my cat down in April and I HATE doing this. She is about 50lbs, mixed black Labrador/hound. These stories and answers helped a lot but still I need to ask. It’s a really hard decision to make Robert. It was only a sprain and he would have recovered but I was concerned about what if that happened at the house when we weren’t home Now my other Rat Terrier who is 15 is starting to go through the same thing. Hi Ms. Winters – I’m so sorry about your dogs’ health problems. I have an empty feeling that longs to have Maxie back. I worry he wanted us to try harder. Any advice? As long as he doesn’t appear to be suffering, is eating, and still moves around, I don’t think you need to put him down, but you should check with your vet to make sure. We feel she has always been grateful that we brought her into our fold. She was still eating well, but that was her only pleasure. My half chow / half supermodel Luna is at least 15. This morning when I went to feed him he was up but couldn’t walk straight. He’s my best friend and I love him so very much. You need to determine if his quality of life is still good or not. He started loosing the use of his back legs and ru aggressive. In her last few days she was not able to get outdoors without assistance and her back feet were “knuckling under”. Surgery was the next option but because of her age she has a 50/50 chance, therefore since she is not whimpering and still knows who we are we and continues to growl at her siblings, will try our best to make her comfortable and let her be a dog and pray to the lord that he heals her for the crown of her head to the soles of her paws or he takes her peacefully. I just wish I knew when it is the right time to say good bye to my buddy. As of yesterday I have to lift her to her feet to get her outside for her pee and poop. You’ll get different advice from different vets, but ultimately you have to do what you think is best for your dog. she will go in the room in lay down without us, but she has always been that way. Gina. Is it time to put her down? Informazioni su dispositivo e connessione Internet, incluso l'indirizzo IP, Attività di navigazione e di ricerca durante l'utilizzo dei siti web e delle app di Verizon Media. I loved her so much and I am still crying but in my heart I know we did what was right for her. We can let her outside to relieve herself and she will walk around and sniff all over then walk back inside and do her relieving inside. How do you repay that debt? It’s an incredibly difficult decision. If possible, have a dog walker come mid-day. I tried to help her get up and she looked like she was going to snap at me-she would never have done that before. CBD oil agitates her. He comes into my room in the morning, panting and pacing, and low and behold, there’s poop downstairs. Until I saw how quickly he went, I had no idea if I was doing the right thing. I have wondered when the time will come – and who makes that decision? Some dogs become more difficult/aggressive because they are in pain, which would make sense for a dog that age. Letting your dog go when he’s ready is one of the most important decisions you have to make for him, and people ask every day if it’s time to put their dog down. Eating (he was a lab, after all). It’s all those little things that defined her personality. Know The Best Place For Your Dog In The House. Barks or whines for me to help her up to move. I am so glad I found your website when we were trying to decide if it was time to put our sweet Cabernet (Cabbie) to sleep a few weeks ago. Hugs to all! He seems to have lost his eye sight and some hearing. He’s still very interested in food and likes walks, however it takes him a few extra seconds to get himself up and he’s clearly in pain as he walks around. I’m so sorry. We didn’t take her to the vet because she couldn’t be on medicine long term and her anxiety made the possibility of continuous fluids not a reality as they would upset her and her anxiety was always unbelievable we always worried she would die from a heart attack. Hope that helps. Today I feel like my mind has been made up because my sister in law was over who has not seen tank in a while and she said he just looks in poor shape, but my husband keeps reverting back to his labs being normal “everything is ok on the inside,” he says. I’m so torn, any advice is appreciated. It’s odd your vet didn’t find anything. In last two weeks he was recently diagnosed with diabetes. After his meds he did great but now probably about a year after he started his meds he’s acting sluggish again. He’s such a wonderful dog. https://www.petmd.com/dog/centers/nutrition/evr_dg_pain-medication-for-dogs, We just had to let our 12 year old Bailey go, she had terrible neck and back pain, she’d sit in the corner and shake and pant, she wouldn’t eat or drink water, she also had severe bloody bowel movements, unfortunately I had to be away when my daughters had her put down, I had spent over $ 2500.00 for medicine and hospital stay , the vet said surgery may have helped, I loved her, and am struggling with my decision. We have a 14 year old miniature schnauzer with dementia. I’m not a vet and can’t tell you what to do. Took him to the vet, and after testing, they found no reason for the blood. I have appointment with vet tomorrow to help her cross over..do you think it’s the right time? My wife and I have made the decision to put our black lab mix to sleep. They are in a severe panic while you're gone. I waffled on the decision but she seemed to be in less pain and only needing to go to the bathroom once at night so I told my husband that I wanted to just take her to the park across the street only and stay downstairs so she didn’t have to go up the stairs anymore and see how she did. Great heartfelt info too! She opened her bag and Logan picked up his head and stuck his entire enormous Labrador head in her bag, looking for treats. It will get better as time passes. Over the last week, she could only go on such short walks, took a half a minute just to stand or sit… It was even painful for to help her with a towel. Walks are slow and short. Today she spent the whole day upstairs in her bed while my doxie Simon and I were puttering around the house. This article bothers me so much because of one thing…the 45 stairs. He has been drinking water but not really eating often. God bless the elderly pups and people. Again, she was barely able to walk- we made a ton of accommodations for her. Why do you think I would joke about this? From my experience, if an old, sick dog is refusing food and water, it’s trying to tell you it’s ready for you to let it go. I’m sorry. Thank you for listening. He’s been at the vet since under close observation but no improvements. Hi I’m wondering if it might be time soon to put down my chow mix, he’s only about 11 his name is Frankie. He didn’t want me out of his sight. But I will miss him so much. Its so incredibly difficult and my heart is broken, but I know its the right thing. Her health and happiness had been declining for a long time. She still wants to play at times but I sometimes have to give her extra boost to get up. I’m so sorry. I’m sure you’ll do what’s best for Charlie. I believe I’ll have to make this decision today or Monday. Two large ones that belled on his forehead and in his eyes. That’s when we when through our mental list of his favorite things to do and realized he could no longer do any of them. Yes, so glad I found this website…we had to put our beloved shitzu, Maggie who was 16 years old down last night and it was an incredibly difficult thing to do… she had glaucoma… which we tried to control with drops for the longest time… but she has now succomb to this deadly disease.. she had a lot of pain. At about 10 a.m., I fed her. Two days ago we crossed off the last item on the above list, our boy stopped eating. I just wish he would pass peacefully in his sleep. 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. 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