My shih tzu is 14-15 yrs old. She has multiple age related medical conditions. The most serious is an eye injury that caused damage to her right cornea, that requires surgery. She is already blind due to cataracts. The eye injury can get infected is not treated, and may cause pain. We cannot afford the surgery, and are concerned that she is too old to undergo such a major procedure. Yet, we don't want her to be in pain. We don't want to put her down either if at all possible. We are working with a vet, but I want to get information to make the best decision for her. Any advise?
the only other option i would see is to completely remove the injured eye. that would cost less than a cornea surgery, i think. is there any place that does pet care for those who can't afford it in your area?
Sorry about your ordeal, but at 14-15 years old in not good shape any surgery will be extremly hard on a dog. the most humane thing you could do would be to put her down. i have had to make this decision and it almost killed me. But i could not stand to watch my baby hurt for another second. it was hard, but i knew i had done the rigth thing and he was better off. my husband handled it in the lines that our Rugar was in heaven with Jeff, his younger brotehr who had been killed in a car accident. maybe you have someone in heaven that could "take care" of your dog there. hope this helps
I don't agree with MSboxers about putting her down unless you truly can't afford to even have the eye removed. Ask your vet his/her opinion on your dog going through surgery. Since you have not specified what "age related" problems she may have, your vet should have a good idea of the risks involved. There are some really good anesthesias out there such as isoflorine etc. that work especially well on smaller dogs. I agree the best option is to remove the eye. Since the dog has cataracts, she won't be able to see anyway and cataract surgery is not only expensive ($2000.00 per eye), but doesn't ususally cure the problem permanently anyway. My point being, saving the eye (for cosmetics)when she won't be able to see out of it would be fruitless and it would be cheaper/healthier to just have it removed. The surgery shouldn't take long so she wouldn't have to stay under very long and that is always a good thing for any dog. My dog is 17 and he gets his teeth cleaned every year and has had a couple of cycst/tumors removed with no problems and he suffers from a few health problems too, including a heart murmer, cushings disease and cataracts! Talk to your vet and see if they can work out a payment plan. Most vets will do this. Just be aware that there is always a risk no matter the age/health of any living thing going under anesthesia but if you should lose her at least you know you have done everything you could to help her the rest is in God's hands. My sympathies and prayers are with you...good luck with whatever you choose.
I have been in this situation several times. It never crossed my mind to put my cats or dogs down. I dont think anyone can afford the outragous prices vets charge, but I feel commited to take care of my animals. They are a member of my family and putting them to sleep is permanent solution to a fixable problem. I totally am against puting your pet down. Ask for financial help, ask vet for payment option. Your dog will thank you with a wag and kiss
If the vet agrees that the dog would probaly not survive the surgery, then what would the point in surgery be? If the owner ask teh vet his veiw on the chance the dog will have a healthy, painfree (as painfree as life can be) then by all means save the pup. My concern was the dog would (1) not make it through the surgery,(2) the dog would still be in extreme pain & (3) the dog is not healthy enough because of the problems that the owner hinted at teh surgery would do nothing more than prolong the suffering. Yes most vets will allow you to work out a payment plan, but at what cost to the dog. My vet (is in my view on of the greatest) and he will tell you straight up wetehr or not the dog will be saved. he has cried with me over losing on of my dogs and to lose an animal ripps him up inside, but he will not let on suffer to make a dollar. He has kept dogs that people did not want anymore and he has helped people in our area see that teh most human and loving thing to do for the pet is to put them down. I DO NOT mean that all old dogs should be put down, but when their lives are constant pain and suffering then that is the most loving thing to do. My boxer got cancer and there was no way to treat him, his lungs were one big tumor and his kidneys were shutting down. he could not breath and i could not stand to see him hurt anymore, no matter how much it killed me to let him go. My vet held my hand as i held his paw and watched my "CHILD" drift off to a palce he would hurt no more. I hope that if your vet reccommends that the dog be put to sleep that you really think about the quality of life that your pet has known and enjoyed verses the lack of quality of a life in pain. That was what I meant when i suggested you put the dog down,
If the dog has blood work done and the levels are good and the vet seems to think that the dog will do fine, do the surgery, if removeing the eye is a faster procedure and cheaper go that route, the worst that can happen is the dog dies on the table and you would have euthanized anyway.The surgical procedure needs to be quick and effective and as little stress on the dog as possible. If you remove the eye the problem will not comeback and the dog will do fine with only one eye. If the blood results say that the dog is a severe surgical risk, keep the dog comfortable till it is time to put you friend to sleep. Be sure you are with your pet when this happens.It breaks my heart when people just drop off the dog to be euthanized and they go home. Now the dog is all alone in a strange place, it shouldn't be that way in the end. Good Luck, sending my best....
Such a tough decision. I'm in the same situation as you are. My 13 yr old Rhodesian Ridgeback/Lab mix had surgery 9 months ago to remove a cancerous mass cell tumor. During surgery, she had a heart attack, was fibulated and came threw. She has 6 more lumps but to asperate a sample would require sedation which could possibly stop her heart and kill her. She has given up playing ball, does not care about toys but loves her daily walk to the play park and socialize with her fur friends. She still eats like a horse and follows commands, but cannot run any longer. She went from 125 lbs to 80 lbs in 9 mths. She has started having extreme diarea and is now on a perscription diet which seems to be helping. I am studying veternarary medicine and my vet agrees, SHE will tell us when its time to go. I hope your dog makes the decision on her own so you won't torture yourself with thinking..."did I do the right thing" "did I keep her alive for my benefit of a companion". As long as my big girl is not in pain, continues to eat well, drink and enjoy her play park time, I am doing all that is possible to help her live out the rest of the time she has with me. My sincere best wishes for you and your Shih Tzu and strength to you both. My dog now wears a Saint Francis medal (the Patrone Saint of animals) to watch over her, maybe one for your little one will comfort both of you. God bless the fur children