when to say goodbye to an old dog
I am taking care of the best dog in the world. Poppo is a 15 year old dalmatian, and is struggling with old age problems. He continues to eat well and drink, but walking is a problem. (I have to carry him in and out and he cannot get water on his own)
A lot of people tell me I should euthanize... er kill him, but I feel like, if he is struggling for life, it is my job to help him. I'm just wondering if other people have any insights or wisdom for me.
He really has such a great spirit, but he cannot do most of the things he used to be able to do.
I can empathize with you! I'm the momma to a 14 yr old Lab/ Chow mix! He's a sweet heart and also needs a lot of aid when it comes to doing things he used to do with ease.
My father wanted me to put him down 2 years ago-said he wouldnt last! An old friend of mine held on to her Weiner Dog until the age of 19! My neighbors 16 year old Collie just passed on two days ago!
We don't give these playfull k-9's enough credit! They are just a ball of life and should die when they are ready! Don't take his life before nature does. You have him for a reason to protect him and love him and nurture him. He's your responsibily, don't give up on him just because things are harder now!
Hopefully i was able to reach out to you!
I can also empathize with you, I just lost my oldest Bassett Hound, Casey, to cancer, last October. She had been fighting bladder cancer for over a year. I had struggled for a long time when would be the right time to let her go. She had been loosing weight, and had no bladder control, but she kept on eating like a trooper. When I consulted with my vet she said when she stops eating, that's when she's lost interest in life. Well, she did just that, she stopped eating and I tried tempting her with all sorts of things, she wouldn't take anything. She became weak and listless and she wouldn't really move at all. That's when I knew it was time to let her go. It was one of the hardest decisions to make, I held her as she went to the bridge.
I wish you all the best, I really believe that you will know when the time is right....
How is your little guy doing now? Its always such a hard call to make as far as how much treatment to give when they are suffering. That he is eating is a good sign. Sounds like he still has some will to live in him. Hopefully you can find the right balance as far as keeping him alive and keeping him comfortable and happy. I think we always end up making the right decsion when we make it in love. We are the ones who are there and know the animal best.