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15 year old Havanese - quality of life?
I'm new here & this is a 2nd, required post. My beloved Havanese (Taffy) is 15 yrs old & obviously not the b.... she used to be (who is??) I adore her, & am certainly not eager to participate in the passing of another pet, but wonder when to seriously consider pulling the plug. She sleeps most of the time, is totally deaf & largely blind, possibly a bit demented (who isn't!!), near toothless, insists on going out for walks with me & my Maltipoo - she struts along proudly, but can't go more than about 300 ft. due to arthritis. Taffy must be carried on stairs, helped up to her perch on the sofa, & uses my house as a latrine, despite near hourly treks outside. On the plus side, she's still so-o-o sweet, is fun to watch ruling the roost, swatting at Maltipoo, & somehow always hears the chow bell; she eats everything very heartily & will devour Maltipoo's food if given the chance. Absent any serious illness, how does an owner make such a difficult decision as when to euthanize a much loved pet?