So, this is a really ahrd subject to hit on without sounding like an insensitive animal hater. I am in fact, quite the opposite. We have my husband's dog, who he has had since what- 9th grade- he got the dog and they suspected he was barely old enough to be fixed. (shelter dog, but appears to be a full bred Bichon Frise.)
He is now 18 years old. Every little bit of light and spunk he ever had is completely gone. He has not been able to walk on his own since the middle of the summer. He hears, but the vet (in March, mind you) didn't think he could see at all with one eye, and losing vision in the other. He goes to the bathroom on a puppy pad, becaus ehe cannot get up to go anywhere else. (For at least a year prior to his complete inability to walk, he would go wherever he was, vet suspected he didnt have the sensation that he was going...)
So, he smells like a dog toilet because he usually doesn't raise himself with his front paws to even partly stand to go. He gets baths weekly, and had been getting rinsed off with the hose every other day, but its starting to get cold out.
From what we understand from his last vet visit (in March) aside from his old man issues of incontinence, few teeth, lack of vision and now inability to get up, he has no health problems. He was on Rymadil which helped him walk for a while, but it slowly stopped working as well and gave him diarreha....
I feel horribly insensitive telling him, look, you are going to have to make a decision on this sometime. But, it's true. I feel selfish not wanting the dog to croak on my watch - and I am home most often - but it is true! I see the poor dog just sitting there, wobbling his head up, half asleep, with his sad black eyes and I just feel like.... poor thing... He can't get up to pee, can't get up to get his own water, just sad. I feellike the poor thing has no quality of life and we are prolonging the inevitable. My dh sees his stubborn grandfathers in this dog- they are both aging and one had trouble walking, cannot see out of one eye, but is still living and ornery.... He sees this in his dog, and I know that is why the dog is still here.
What should/can I do? I don't know what to do or say that would help him realize it is time to go. I feel for both of em, I know it is hard to say goodbye, but I also know that sitting in your own stink until someone can change you and not bieng able to get up (or see) to get water when you want it.. it is not living. oh what to do!
Has anyone been i this place before?