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My beagle is 16. She has limited vision and even worse hearing. She has some hip issues but still gets around okay. Sometimes she even has a bit of pep to her step around the yard. She still takes an interest in eating, but she's has a hard time controlling her bladder and has to go out every couple hours. Constantly thirsty (think she may be diabetic). Sleeps damn near 20 hours a day... She just doesn't seem very happy. Her bladder accidents are happening more frequently... a couple times a week. She's not in pain though. She will be 17 in September! It's sad watching her age and knowing she doesn't take much interest in anything.
So...how do you know when it's time to put a dog down?
This post was edited by QueenOfSparta 12 months ago
"Spartan women were known for their natural beauty... They were notorious for their razor-sharp wit and outspoken natures."
When it's apparent that taking extraordinary measures to make the dog comfortable are the only way to cure what ails them. you'll know when you see it.
The dog will know it too, and it will break your heart :(
It is tough. A lot of dogs wont show their pain, even if they are hurting. I don't know if there is one specific thing that says "yes it is time" or not, but try not to be selfish and keep them around for your own benefit.
Does she still wag her tail when you are around? Still eating? She enjoy anything anymore (does she like to go outside, or go for rides, or whatever she used to enjoy)?
This morning, my dog pissed/crapped on one rug and then crapped on another rug... all while I was in the shower. Almost put her down right then and there.
Well, she's a hound so chasing stuff was her M.O. But even her sniffer isn't working like it used to. :(
If the extreme thirst is fairly new, it may well mean the pooch's kidney are going south. They drink more water (and eliminate more water) to try and get the kidneys to do normal work. That's what happened to my 15 yo mutt. But eventually, the kidney disease made him so sick the decision was obvious. Not easy, but obvious.
Our dog had the same stuff going on for her last 6-12 months including an occasional seizure. We put up with the accidents and bought her about a dozen different dog beds since--like your dog--her favorite activity became sleeping. With her limited vision I think she enjoyed finding new beds to curl up in.
She always ate and drank but one day she just stopped eating...I think it was her way of telling us she was at the end of her rope. We took her into the vet the next day and he (very compassionately) agreed.
It's really strange that you posted this today. We put her down over 3 years ago and I hadn't thought about her in months. This morning I saw a guy walking a dog that looked exactly like her (an orange miniature poodle) and it made me miss her so bad I actually teared up for a minute. Crazy how the timing of things works sometimes.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Ernie Pantusso 13 months ago
We had an elderly cat with these same problems. Took her to the vet and determined it was her kidney's. Doctor put her on meds and we ended up getting a couple more good years. She really perked up, it was quite amazing.
Ask a friend who you trust and is an animal lover. If you love your pet it's hard to look at the situation objectively and you'll probably make a decision that is easier for you, which is most likely keeping that animal alive longer than what's best for it.
My last dog was put down before the kidney failure did it. Kept petting her the whole time and it was crazy how much her muscles relaxed as the drugs did their work. :(
I was going to post the same thing, but I didn't have the heart to do it. I held our dog during the shot and one thing that made me feel very good about the decision was the feeling of how she relaxed in my arms after the injection. She had been so uncomfortable for so long that all of her muscles were constantly wound tight--I hadn't noticed, but that had to be miserable in and of itself. Feeling her relax for the first time in over a year really set me at ease that we made the right decision when we did.
This isn't going to be easy...
Sounds like its time . My biggest concern was that nothing painful happens before the decision is made. My guy was laboring to go up steps so bad, I thought he was going to break something.....
This is incredibly tough to deal with. Good luck.
it's time probably. 16 years is a hell of a run. I'm of the opinion that you should do it as soon as their quality of life starts to slide. It's probably not much fun for her to just lay around and have accidents. It sucks but she's probably almost ready. We put our dog down and got another one when she was 13. Doesn't make it any easier but I just hated to see her look sad all day and rarely move to go anywhere. She still ate fine and didn't have any accidents but she just didn't look enthused to be alive so we decided it would be best to let her go. Our new one is 4 and he makes you appreciate such a good dog like her, complete idiot he is.
I know how you feel. Put down my childhood cat 2 years ago. He had feline dementia among other things, so tough to watch. But I pet him the entire time, and he looked into my eyes the whole time. Something snapped and I just kept petting him after he passed, I was just in major denial.
Still hurts to talk about. Hang in there, OP
tRCMB - Where MSU fans eat their own.
It was a cat...
We're talking about dogs here, you know, real pets. Not soulless felines.
This post was edited by Motown Spartan 13 months ago
I figured the first douche reply would come sooner rather than later.
Read my thread from a couple months ago. It's long and depressing.
What is that, a Titleist? A hole in one...
Not sure I can handle it right now...
I know this sounds crude and simplistic, but usually you'll just know. They'll have a look or just an overwhelming sadness to their life. It's a very difficult thing to go through.
A friend of mine had 2 terriers that were getting up there in age. One of them in particular was in bad shape. One morning when he opened the back door for the dogs to go out, the sickly one took off like a bat out of hell and into the woods. He hadn't moved like that in years. The other dog moped to the back yard (he hadn't moved that slow ever), took a leak, and then just looked into the woods for a long time. The sickly dog never came back, and somehow his brother knew what he was doing. They searched for the dog, but he just found someplace to go die alone.
When your arms get tired.
I am tearing up reading this. I have two idiot labs (5 and 6) and while I know I have tons of time left with them this thread is reminding me to look past all the shits and pisses and "escapes" and focus on all the joy they bring me on a daily basis. OP - so sorry to hear about your situation but my 2 thank you as they are now getting an assload of new toys this weekend.
Better to go a day too early than a day too late.
Thanks for sharing... I think.
My beagle's eyesight is so bad I'm afraid to let her out at night. She must know her way around by memory because she always finds her way back home.
that is VERY true....sent you a PM QueenOfSparta: check it out, and good luck with da pooch
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