Our dog is 13 years old. I love her so and want to honor her at every step-even the hardest ones. You did what any responsible dog owner would do. On Thursday she wouldn’t get up again after I brought her in the house at 10pm. they did a physical exam and xray. She is my universe, and I can’t seem to make this decision. However, she is having major back issues. Just remember you need to do what’s best for Rudy. I have 3 neighbors that think i should and one actually said yesterday, “you need to put both to sleep”. Our chocolate lab pooped in the house for the last year of his life. I honestly did not know how I was going to live without my sweet Clover, but I realized she lived a long, good life with her family and I did the best I could as her human momma. I don’t want her suffering but I need solid proof from God that murdering my blessed baby is right. I’m so sorry your dog is having trouble. He weighed 103.6 I took him in because his eating was getting worse and worse.. His blood test came out great, dental exam good health exam good.. She gave me science diet ID wet food.. She does not pee or poop in the house. She stopped eating so I cooked chicken with water and mixed it into her food. He was diagnosed with cancer and because of his age we were told we should start thinking about his end. Broken hearted Mama . You can visually see that the muscles in his back legs have deteriorated as his front half of his body is a lot thicker/muscular. Including me forcing a bite or two. Last May we said goodbye to my Little Bear who was the love of my life. And today, she no longer will be able to go with me. Now he is waking up at night, sometimes coughing, and always panting, and has a hard time settling back down. He is on medication for chronic pain, and on supplements for arthritis and CoQ10 for his heart. We also tried to be more present and eliminate all distractions when we were with him. I’m a 56 year old guy 6’2″ fat guy (call a spade a spade, right?) She keeps looking at me like, I am okay! She rarely wags her tail and no longer likes to play. The vet found an enlarged spleen and required surgery to remove. He does pace in circles in the house and outside. I guess he’s just worn out . Thank you. She was in pain at home and beginning to have cognitive troubles. I can’t make a recommendation since I’m not a vet – you need to determine how much pain he’s in and if it’s damaging his quality of like. Knowing that he’s in a much better place and remembering the good days makes it much easier. Things like, he always got his Ursodiol, but we missed a week of Denamarin in December, did that give accelerate his decline? She also has bad arthritis. I am struggling with what to do for my 13 year old Pekingese. Remember I’m not a veterinarian so these thoughts are just my opinion. Our dog, Dodger, who is 15 is deaf and blind, the vet says he has no medical problems. When he saw her come up to his bed he wagged his tail for the first time in days. Most recently she has begun to pee when sleeping or just after a walk and she cannot get up. We have a 10 year old Akita, who we’ve had since 8 weeks old….we found out at about 15 months old that he had hip dsyplasia in both hips and it would get worse with time…eventually he would have really bad arthritis. But who am I to decide if her life still has value (for her)? He still likes to cuddle and wags his tail when he is pleased. We found out yesterday after a Vet visit to have it checked that this lump is different. How will I know? These stories and answers helped a lot but still I need to ask. I did have one put down and I’ll never do it again .my daughter took my dog to have her put down because she was 18 yrs old . I told the breeder as i keep in constant contact with him and he is amazed at how well she is doing. She probably sleeps 16 hours a day. Sounds like you are going to make the most of your time left with him. I got him down eventually but I couldn’t do anything about it. She has the dreaded degenerative myelopathy disease. But know this, whatever you decide, it is done out of love and your dog knows that absolutely. He’s started to refuse foods that he has absolutely loved for years. Please read this about the danger of giving dog pain meds meant for humans. He said ok even though he felt it was time. She actually was quite active and happy until the day she left us. My 2 year old mini Aussie alerted me to her as I was rounding the corner to go up the stairs and he saw her first and looked at her and looked at me and ran up those stairs faster than I have ever seen him run. His water intake fluctuates sometimes he drinks frequently other times he goes awhile with out but will drink for a long period of time. And all that is aside from the fact that he always falls, he can no longer sleep upstairs like he likes bc he can’t do the stairs, he can barely do the outside stairs to get into the yard or back into the house. Love is so risky. She also has a couple of fatty tumors which our vet said are not a problem. but he still eats his food. I’m convinced this drug has dramatically improved the quality of her life for the past 2 years. My dogs insulin and prescription dog food and insuljn needles are about $200 a month, and she went blind from the diabetes as well. You see, I was so lost one day some seventeen and a half years ago in Atlanta where I had been so abused and beat up I had to fend for myself until the day a guy found me in the middle of nowhere as my nose kept looking for a home. I miss my buddy, Charlie. She was a happy Metro dog – hopefully they’ve played together. He is around 13 years old. I think Logan was so tired and worn out from struggling, that he was almost gone anyways. He is such a wonderful dog! I would have kept her in her bed-bringing food to her, bringing water to her, and loving her. When I come home she goes ballistic. I’m not a vet so I can’t say whether his behavior is psychological or not. You didn’t say if you have taken him to a vet to get his/her opinion. Been up every night to give her fluid and things. Only a week after that visit on March 28 his hips went. Tucker is also unable to make it through the night without urinating in the bedroom. etc. Our wonderful vet prescribed a number of meds that helped somewhat. It was so sad, and his sister died two days later lying on his grave. i like having my canine close so she sleeps in the mattress with me maximum nights. He was a gentle soul! I know in my heart that he is not going to get better. Yes, this has been the most difficult thing that we had to do with our 16 year old Maggie… still can’t stop crying…everywhere we look we see her. I knew when my Lab refused to eat that it was time. been putting hot compresses on it and saline seems to be getting better. X rays showed 4 large bladder stones. 6. Last June I woke up to bloody pee and poop everywhere. I’ve never had to put a dog down before, the few I’ve had have went on their own. She was on a very strict high quality diet because of her stomach issues which included internal bleeding when she was younger and needing her anal glands drained. Yesterday I had to hand feed her and she really didn’t want to eat but I sensed she did it for me. He has had pancreatitis for over a year, lost weight, hasn’t gained back, can see his bones on his back torso area, but still eats, & is always looking for food. It’s always a tough decision but after our last dog was euthanized I realized it is better to let them go a few days early rather than a few days late if they are suffering. Great article, we all know this day will come, but just knowing it is coming is not enough for most of us, we really don’t want to think about it, but rather enjoy the days and moments we have together with our canine companions. Using a harness to help her outside-her back legs were crisscrossing and she couldn’t steer herself. Hello. You should still have it checked out by a vet though. 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. So when faced with the decision to give one final kiss goodbye, what can we do to ease the guilt our action will surely cause? You should definitely do that before you make any decisions. Eating but not like before. I’m so sorry. He is losing interest in going outside, doesn’t want to play, and doesn’t want affection. She is an abnormally large dog for a female, most of her life weighing in at 225lbs, but all muscle – not fat. She was still loving with me. I hate it for him. I held Maxie and stroked her head. He was having seizures now every time he’d get overstimulated. Older dogs do sleep for more than than the majority of the day so that doesn’t appear to be abnormal although she should get checked out by a vet to be sure. He’s just not himself at all today. I do not know if she is in pain as she does not make any sound. She having a lot of accident mostly peeing before I wake up. My heart, mind, body and soul are now with each and everyone who have written their personal stories. Thank you for reading my story. He is really slowing son having issues standing and won’t eat much. After giving him Metacam, an anti inflammatory for 6 months the bleeding stopped and he felt better. On top of it, he had no control over his bladder, dribbling everywhere. I believe in Heaven and God did make our beautiful fur babies too, so that is the hope I will be taking in with me Landon’s no more pain day <3, Thank you for sharing. You should check with your vet. I started sobbing uncontrollably like a 10 year old kid who scraped his knee. Reading your posts has helped.Good luck to all and may our hearts heal. We spoiled her to no end everyday and loved her so much. I put my dog down yesterday he was blind and had fluid on his lungs n heart he had a hard time breathing he couldn’t even lay down anymore he would sleep sitting up I did all I could to save him but there wasn’t nothing I could do I CRY all the time I had him for 12 yrs I’m dying inside I feel so guilty but I know it was the right thing to do its not easy BUT HE WAS SUFFERING MY POOR SUNSHINE !!! My husband and I have been struggling with this decision for a few days. I have no idea what it could be but maybe someone else will. Since the tumors do not seem to bother him, we decided to let life run its course with him. thank you… missing our Maggie every day …love to all who are dealing with this…. First, give medical cannabis for dogs. Hardest decision I have ever made. The stitches got infected and she spent five days in the er. We carried him up and down the stairs for about 6 months which was not a big deal since he was only 18 lbs. Although, they did find a tumor on his spleen. Thank you for doing what is best for Casper. A second vet, said he just seems like an old dog. Someone suggested to me that I should make a list of my dog’s 10 favorite things to do, and when they could no longer do them, it’s time to let them go. However when she wants to eat is all about that. I just can’t , I would feel like part of my heart being ripped out the day he’s no longer with me. We had two corgies, William and Harry. After the first of the year, she yelped trying to jump up on the bed, and quickly started developing problems even walking. About year ago he would yelp when attempting to stand, but that has subsided. Denise The longer you wait the worse she will get and feel. Yesterday, I made an appointment with our regular vet, she took a urine sample through the catheter, we also brought in a sample that we caught, just in case. Besides the fact she sleeps all of the time, does not care for rides in the car any more, and basically is a total care dog being the fact that she is totally blind and very hard of hearing, she loves each and every meal and loves us, (my husband and I) to be around her, pet her, and love her. Most of his favorite things are things he can no longer do. If yours still eats and doesn’t appear to be in pain he should be ok but that’s my non-veterinary opinion. My boy will be 12 in July 2016. Hopefully it will be awhile. I’m so sorry. She has recently started having small seizures that would cause her to fall over and has lost a lot of weight. Hi Ms. Winters – I’m so sorry about your dogs’ health problems. She is nearly deaf and mostly blind and would be in pain if not for tramadol. Diabetes, arthritis, mostly bad days, some better days, falling down the stairs, pitying in her sleep, going blind….What did you end up doing? I was also in a similar situation with our 13yo lab a few years ago, and I think I waited too long to let him go. Anyone who loved will understand. If I had to do it over again I wouldn’t have taken him to the emergency vet for the second time, but at the time I wanted to give him one more chance to recover. Negative. Love to all pet parents … from We all know what is coming but I don’t want to do this before I have to. He was slow to bounce back but he got stronger day by day. Just yesterday we had to say goodbye to our 15-year-old Cockapoo Buddy. If possible, have a dog walker come mid-day. My old boy is almost 20, his breed lives to 13 on average. This only lasted a few days and got to the point where we had to force food into his mouth. I don’t know if it’s time but I do know that “that time” is fast approaching – that its more me than him that doesn’t want to let go – difficult because he’s not bleeding or gangrenous or falling down, he can’t go up and down stairs anymore and he wanders aimlessly between two rooms, staring at cabinet doors…he’s just gotten old but it’s hard to let go. Each time he was less like himself. I’m so sorry about your dog. It was awful. If he has another major medical problem I don’t know if I’ll put him through it again. To have surgery or not, could I have done something different/more, etc. ♡, This is a touching, beautifully written account of the journey with a beloved pet. Didn’t want to read and run. The vet did not know what was wrong with her. 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. Tucker has always been slender but now he’s skeletal. I’m sorry I can’t be of more help. It sounds like her quality of life is still pretty good except for the falling/heavy breathing. My Black Lab Duke is 10 or 11. I’m so sorry. I loved her so much and I am still crying but in my heart I know we did what was right for her. Some dogs become more difficult/aggressive because they are in pain, which would make sense for a dog that age. I just know she’s not going to get better.. Should I euthanize her while she still has some of her normal self? 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. I will wake up one day soon and she will have crossed over Rainbow Bridge. My husband and I have been crying for days. I’m so sorry for your loss. Then December 1, 2016 he developed vestibular disease. 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