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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-02-2009, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Quality of Life?

Forewarning everyone this is a bit of a rant.

My brother's Hav whom used to be the family dog is nearly 13 years old (3 more days till his bday). Now if aging isn't enough of an issue for a poor dog my brother neglects certain aspects of care i.e. grooming. Several times this dog has been so matted that when shaved the hair comes off like sheeps wool not to mention his toenails have grown into his paw pads. This pisses me off and depresses me at the same time! I've stepped in so that this poor dog doesn't get that far gone but my brother needs to step up his responsibility. Yeah, he's extremely busy with one kid another on the way but he has time to play sports and video games. An animal is not something you can put on a backburner. I beg, I plead, I lecture but nothing really ever changes unless I'm the one to do it. This dog is already dealing with enough: swaggers when he walks, going blind, eye issues such hair in eyes and eye discharge, toenails always clicking, and lately being plagued with diarrhea. He also has dominance aggression its not as bad as it used to be but he has bitten my niece before. My brother gives him love and affection but neglects his overall wellbeing. Idk, my parents and I believe that he should be put down. I just feel that when dogs are aging you're supposed to be lessening their burden not adding to them and I've been raised where you don't prolong an animals life when their suffering. I feel like a horrible person to say this but I don't think this quality of life is worth him living. I don't want to see him get worst. Now just trying my brother to see this or lessen his burden..
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Sounds like the pain is caused by humans or did I miss something? Why not rehome the dog?

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Sounds like the pain is caused by humans or did I miss something? Why not rehome the dog?
I agree, this dog does not need to be put down, he needs a new home.

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See I don't know if he'd do well with rehoming as he has an issue with dominance aggression. Its not as bad as when he was younger but he is still a bit tempermental and unpredictable. Especially when woken. Can't pick him up without growling except on rare occasions: if he's sick or is going in the car. My dad got bit not too long ago just trying to move him out of the way of the footrest.
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This is really sad. The dog most likely feels miserable and very uncomfortable. If your brother can't even take the time to physically care for him, I doubt the dog receives any love and affection from him.
A dog that age should live out the twilight years in comfort, but he can't, and it's no fault of his own. If my brother treated his dogs like that, he would feel my wrath.

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I don't think the dog needs to be put down, he just needs a different home. He doesn't seem to be terminally ill, just aging. Can you or your parents take him?

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I'd take him if my brother was treating a dog this way. It's cruel. With another baby coming into their home he's going to have even less time to care for him.

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Well, we kinda think that he may be on his way out already as his urine has been clear for a long time (over a year, maybe two) and for what seems the past month he's had issues with diarrhea. Its not the food. He walks really slow and his body swaggers kinda serpentine or zig zag motion. My brother brings him into work and it takes 5 minutes just to get him outta the freakin door! Some days he won't even lift his head when he's in his bed..

I've noticed when I've given him baths that there is some sort of conehead like shaped growth underneath his anal area.. Idk

Even though I'm upset at my brother at the moment he did save the dog as my mother would've put him down years ago if my brother hadn't taken him in. His dominance aggression was so bad then that all you had to do was look at him & he'd start growling viciously. He has bit everyone in my family except my brother. I have scars. I guess one of my fears is that he'll revert back into that...
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My parents won't take him. He's too grouchy and he bites. He doesn't get along with our 5 dogs..
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Very sad Renee.

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