Thinking about having my dog put to sleep but I'm not sure if I should

Dew73

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My dog is 17 yrs old is mostly blind and deaf, at times he has a hard time getting his back legs to stand and they give out on him sometimes, and the past week or so he has starting peeing while he's laying down and I don't think he even knows because he just lays in it. I need to bathe him almost every day because of it which is a nightmare. He's never liked baths but lately he fights me, acts like he wants to bite me, he screams a really loud high pitch scream while I'm bathing him plus he also poops at least once during the bath. I make sure to wait and give him a bath after he uses the bathroom but it doesn't always matter. Anyway, bath time has become a nightmare.

Now that he's laying in his urine almost every day sometimes multiple times a day I need to bathe him constantly and it's making us both miserable. I just feel bad about putting him to sleep because he's still eating normally and not acting like he's in pain so I'm not sure I'm making the right choice. Any thoughts? I love him too pieces, he's my baby and I hate to do it but I'm at my wits end.
 

linda2147

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he doesn't know when he pees, he has no control anymore of his bowels or urine But if he's still eating aand showing interest in things then its not time yet. He will let you know when he's ready to go. Itsw not an easy dision to make but we all have to face it at one time or another. Just stay with him until he passes. Don't let him die alone and scared. He will just quietly go to sleep then you can fall apart. Don't let him see how upset you are it will only upset him.
 

Dew73

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he doesn't know when he pees, he has no control anymore of his bowels or urine But if he's still eating aand showing interest in things then its not time yet. He will let you know when he's ready to go. Itsw not an easy dision to make but we all have to face it at one time or another. Just stay with him until he passes. Don't let him die alone and scared. He will just quietly go to sleep then you can fall apart. Don't let him see how upset you are it will only upset him.
Thank you
 

HaylieR1221

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What you said about his reaction to the bath and having a hard time getting his back legs up sounds like he may have arthritis, which can cause some lose of bladder control when they have a lot of inflammation. There are over-the-counter pet arthritis medications you can try to help him with pain and inflammation, and once that's down, you might see a pretty big difference in him. Obviously, if the choice has to be made to have him put to sleep, that choice is incredibly painful for us, but usually the most humane choice we can make for our furbabies.
I hope this helps, in some way.
 

Dew73

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What you said about his reaction to the bath and having a hard time getting his back legs up sounds like he may have arthritis, which can cause some lose of bladder control when they have a lot of inflammation. There are over-the-counter pet arthritis medications you can try to help him with pain and inflammation, and once that's down, you might see a pretty big difference in him. Obviously, if the choice has to be made to have him put to sleep, that choice is incredibly painful for us, but usually the most humane choice we can make for our furbabies.
I hope this helps, in some way.
It did help. Thank you for replying. I'll look into that medicine
 

linda2147

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be careful of over the contour medications. If you choose to give hium something for the arthritil get it from your vet. The vets usually give remidyl or deamax. Go with the deramad, they are in the same family of meds but less side effects than remadyl
 

Dew73

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be careful of over the contour medications. If you choose to give hium something for the arthritil get it from your vet. The vets usually give remidyl or deamax. Go with the deramad, they are in the same family of meds but less side effects than remadyl
Thank you for the info and thanks for responding
 

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Hi @Dew73 , welcome. So sorry to hear about your dog, it's hard to watch their health decline as they age, I think we've all been through the heartache. You might want to try using a belly band for the urination, that way it won't get all over the dog or the floor. The decision to say goodbye is a hard one, and should never be rushed and should be well thought through before taking any action. Good luck with your boy, please let us know how he's coming along.
 

Dew73

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Hi @Dew73 , welcome. So sorry to hear about your dog, it's hard to watch their health decline as they age, I think we've all been through the heartache. You might want to try using a belly band for the urination, that way it won't get all over the dog or the floor. The decision to say goodbye is a hard one, and should never be rushed and should be well thought through before taking any action. Good luck with your boy, please let us know how he's coming along.
Thank you. I think I will try the belly band and wait a bit. I'm just not ready to say goodbye.
 

evey

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It seems to me that you love your dog so much, please talk to a specialist, there is always a way to make it easier for both of us, you are doing the right thing..
 

Dew73

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It seems to me that you love your dog so much, please talk to a specialist, there is always a way to make it easier for both of us, you are doing the right thing..
Thank you
 


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