What does the vet say about his teeth? Are they causing him a problem? Have his teeth been taken care of all his life? Cleaning? Hard kibbles?
About the peeing issue, have you had him at the vets for a check up? It can be caused by an ailment, kidney or bladder infection. It may not be out of spite, perhaps at his age, he can't hold his bladder anymore. He really should be given a good exam by the vet.
Good luck, it's hard to see someone we love so much, slow down in their older years.
9 is not THAT old for a yorkie. I don't know what you mean when you say you know all it's teeth will have to be pulled soon.. are they ALL really bad? My 8 year old poodle x had really bad teeth and had to have many pulled except a few in the front and in the back, but she can still eat fine.
Is the peeing incontinence or something psychological/environmental?
I think unless the dog is really having physical problems/illness that will inevitably lead to a soon death, you should consider options other than euthanasia.
My parents have had three Yorkies. Ender was pretty old when we got her (8-11) and late last year (she would have been 12-15) she was put on medication for incontinence. Benji is now 6 or 7, but acts older after a bad coyote attack, and he has just started peeing in the house again. The other Yorkie died fairly young from a coyote attack. It seems like this may be common in Yorkies, but I don't know for sure. Ask the vet about medication.
Yorkies can be prone to having bad teeth. You can use a dental rinse to help. I use rinse, brush, chews, special tarter control bites from the vet, vet teeth cleaning, and they still are hard to keep clean!!! As long as he can eat hard food, keep him on that until he need softer or smaller kibbles. If he is peeing all of a sudden with no change in your home, it sounds like it might be more of a medical issue. Get him checked out and in the mean time you can use a " belly band " for males. you put a panty liner on the inside of them and strap them around the belly/private area. They work great and are about $10. As far as the limp it's probably a bad knee. Surgery can fix it but it's expensive so ask the vet waht other things you could give him for pain on really nad days. I know you don't want him to be overweight as that adds to the stress on the knee ( if thats what it is ) Getting older can stink whether your a animal or human( smile) good luck!
this may get something started, but i don't mean to... when it comes to putting an animal down.. i'm sorry but i couldn't do it cause it doesn't have teeth or pees. would you do that to your granny? u would prob. slap diapers on her and feed her soft food, thats what i would do with the dog. i feel that animal should get the same treatment a person does.. if you wouldn't put a human to death for that reason, don't an animal.
My 13 year old maltese starting peeing in the house when he was around 11. the vet said it was basically a sign of old age, just like humans. Im sure there are more reasonable measures then to put your doggy to sleep over some mess. We limited where ours could roam the house when he started all this business. Of course, he passed away last week, but not without leaving us a nice present on our couch. We actually miss stepping in pee these days. :P
About all of the coyote attacks, since our Mastiff died, the coyotes around here have found more courage. Benji was picked up by a coyote that came in to our yard, my dad was working on his truck and Benji was RIGHT next to him when the coyote picked him up and ran off. My dad's friend's son noticed, then my dads friend ran after the coyote, he eventually dropped Benji, and then the friend had a heart attack (phew, what a day!). Toby, the first Yorkie, they got from another of my dads friends who never did any training. They had to get rid of him because he kept running off. He didn't change when my parents took him in. I was visiting one night, let the dog out to pee, and he dug a hole and never came back. A little boy ran up to me as I walked up to my parents house a few nights later and asked me if I had a little brown and black dog, and that he was in his backyard. I was so excited, I ran over to his backyard only to find the dog half eaten. The coyotes and occasional mountain lions are just bad here, throughout the years, we've lost two or three cats, a duck, and possibly another dog (a Basset Hound) to them. I keep telling my parents to get another Mastiff, but they don't want any more pets, and they are moving to Palm Springs soon anyways.
First, have a Urinalysis done.And some blood work would be a good idea, it could be so many things. Is he drinking more? Are there other pets in the house, was there a change in the house hold when it began, how long ago did it start? Where does ho pee, everywhere or one certain spot?
I agree with ShireeN. Don't do something to an animal you wouldn't do to a human. He can't help the fact that he's losing his teeth. This is the part where he needs you, and you should be there for your baby every step of the way no matter what it takes. He could live an extra 3 years from now if you let him..so please just think before you put an animal down.
We've had some serious problems with all three of ours because now they are 8,10, 12. I would not think of putting them down. It would have to be a last resort. Take him to the vet and find out why he is tee teeing everywhere. There is a reason and they can help. Good luck.