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When to put a dog to sleep? How can you tell if they are in pain?
An_247483 posted:
I just came home from college to find my childhood dog (15 yr old Chow mix) on his last legs. The first day I was home he fell down the stairs following me, and I of course burst out crying and carried him the rest of the way. Other than stairs, he is now banned from them, he moves slowly and feebly. He only lets you pet his face now. If you pet him anywhere else he starts to sit because I think it hurts him to stand? He has been on arthritis meds for a year or two I think (I haven't been home). He can't lift his legs to pee. It's so sad! His eyesight is terrible. He has to be with you all the time, and I can't tell if this is because he is uncomfortable or senile. He wants to go out but then comes right back inside two minutes later. On top of all that, he is just starting to loose bowel control. I had to clean up both vomit (unusual) and poop today. His appetite is fine... in fact I think he seriously lives for treats!! But I'm concerned that while he still shows his happy playful spirit for a few minutes each day, most of the time he might be in pain and uncomfortable. I would hate to make him suffer because he still runs up and greets my car everyday like the olden days. He's kind of my baby as I begged the heck out of my parents to let me keep the stray dog someone dropped off in the neighborhood. My dad doesn't think he'll last through Christmas. I'm beginning to think maybe even before then. I know the question is "quality of life," but I don't know whether he sleeps all day because he's old or that he's miserable =[
pandoramom responded:
That is so hard i am appproaching the same place with my 14 1/2 year old minpin. I like to believe they let you know, give you the look. Best of luck and love for each other.


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