I Have A 15 Year Old Maltese Suffering From Cushing Disease. She Cannot Do Stairs, Is Nearly Blind/deaf & Messing (#2) In The House. Sleeps Most Of The Day & Get Chased Around & Knocked Over By The Kids Due To Back Leg Weakness - Is It Time :(?

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Heidi answered
Sounds like your baby has had a long life, and this is what I tell anyone when they feel it may be time. What is her quality of life? Can she eat and drink on her own, can she go outside and do her business like she used to. Is she still interacting with the family? Can she find her way around the house, can she walk and get around ok, if not then it is time. You have to put yourself in her feet, this not the way she wants to live her life, this is what all pet owners go through because as you took care of her through her life you now have to take care of the part we all hate the most. I have been there many times before but when my animals get to this part in their life, I have to think of them. Ask yourself will she get any better and if in all honesty you know that she won't then it's time for her to be happy and young again in heaven. I hope this helps, I feel your pain and take care. Just love her and you will know when its time.
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It is always a difficult decision to euthanize a pet. The decision should be based on the dog's quality of life. Think of 5 things your dog enjoys doing--when she can no longer do these things it is time to euthanize. This may include going upstairs etc. Fecal incontinence and trauma secondary to the weak legs are two reasons too consider euthanasia. Consult with your veterinarian about this decision. They are a great resource as they know your dog's health the best. From your description I would support your decision to euthanize at any time you are ready.
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I am struggling very bad and am crying as I type. She is currently on Gabapentin for her weakness and she is very frail it seems. She is eating, going to the bathroom outside (but does have the occassional mishap in the house). Past few days she is sleeping (I also think partly from the meds.) but has notw developed an eye infection (she has cataracts in both eyes). So I need to put her on meds. For that the vet says. We are leaving town on Monday and I am so worried. What should I do?
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hyra answered
AWWWww! I feel so bad 4 you. I had to put one of my dogs down . It killed me I would come home and she wasnt there to greet me when I walked in the doors. It was the hardest thing I had to do in my life..yet it been 2 years I still sit and cry every blue moon and when I see her pictures...I feel your pain!
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Thanks, I am so torn up there are not words. She got up at6:00 am with us, I gave her the meds (Gabapentin) and she has not moved out of her bed since. I clean her eyes every few hours as the green gooey stuff is constant it seems. I made an appt. For Thursday for the vet to look at her, but I am now thinking I should just make an appt. On Friday to put her down - don't know what to do. My husband won't make a decision so it's up to me. I am trying to be strong, but I am falling apart.
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I am in the same boat as you are. My dog has cushings diesease, he is 8 years old, has very weak back legs, loosing his teeth, he has lost all his fur, and has welts all over his body. Everyone is telling me it is time to put him down, but its just so hard.When you think with your head, you and i both know these dogs need to be put down, but when you think with your heart, you want to keep your dog with you forever..

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