I just hack it up to age, but our 16 year old American Eskimo Mix (avatar pic) has no control over her bowel movements for about the last year or so. She can be walking right by me in the kitchen, lift her tail and keep walking by me. Like she doesn't even know she dropped tootsie rolls. She had never done anything like this before. So this past year has been rough. So we kept here corraled to linoleum...no carpet areas for her anymore.
I talked to a friend last night and she was wondering if I was going to have her put down?
I have no idea what to do. I hate the thought of it, I would prefer that she goes to Rainbow Bridge on her own. She is 95% deaf, almost blind, cannot run anymore, has bad arthritis, she hurts/yelps with lifted in the gentilist manner. If she is outside with my husband. I can come home, open the garage door, pull the care up behind her to park, all while she is standing in the garage to get a drink of water...she doesn't even flinch or turn around. She doesn't know I am there. A honk of the horn can still get her to flinch/turn around but only sometimes.
I fear that I am putting her through something that I wouldn't want to go through, yet I hate the idea of taking her life by putting her down. She walks in circle around the house...that is all she does when she is outside....just walks around and walks some more...she won't sit on the grass or lay in the sun like she used to....just a never ending walk. She has even killed some of the grass as it is always the same path.
We do not have a fenced in yard. That is one thing I want to get done before a new dog would come into our family. We wouldn't be able to do our entire yard, but have a fenced in 'area or run' through a dog door.
So I know that this is something I must decide, but I have never had to put one of my own pets down. Has anyone else ran across a senior dog that acted like this...did you let it go until nature took its final tole? Or did you help end her suffereing...how do you know when the suffering is horrible for the dog? I don't believe that she is in constant pain.
She isn't the same dog. I look into her eyes and she looks tired and other times I can look at her and it seems like the dog I had since a puppy isn't their anymore.