need some input from anyone that wants to give it . My Lucky boy turned 14 yrs on April 10th he has been with the family since he was 6 weeks old but he's been having problems for the past 12 months with arthritis in his hind quarters he is on rimadyl @ glucosomin one or the other .does not look like it is working. he also has HD, heart mermer ,cataracts in both eyes pretty bad in one doc says he can't see out of it. he loves to eat ,has a hard time getting up ,only lays down or stands but when he stands its crooked and then his back legs start to give out even when he is eating, and also when he goes dodo .I can get him to walk a bit with coaching and jelly beans, but one back leg (nails drags ) everyother step.does dodo in the house at least 3 x day does not let me sleep he is up wondering around the house whining when i'm going to sleep eventually he lays down and goes to sleep for 1 hr and then up again I get up with him to take him out but its to late he did dodo already . i havent had a full nights sleep in months i need to sleep .yes his tail still wags
Sorry to hear that your loved one is failing. When he no longer has a quality life, you will know it is time to let him go. He has been a good friend and companion for 14 years for you and your family. Don't let him suffer. Tell him that it is ok for him to go, that you will be ok and you will see him again on the other side of the rainbow bridge.
Best wishes, I know it is hard to let go, but do what is right, when the time comes.
An intelligent deaf-mute is better than an ignorant person who can speak.
I'm not a big fan of Rimadyl. Did your vet discuss the MANY possible side effects?
I have a 14-year-old, who, a couple of months ago could not stand up at all. Her back legs had terrible ligament damage. Vet had her on Metacam for a couple of weeks, and I ordered, from the internet, a bottle of DogGone pain. She's been taking that for about a month now, and is doing amazingly well. I walk her with a body sling around her belly. It has handles, like a purse. This keeps much of the weight off her legs, and aids in her balance as she "squats" to pee and poop.
We've since discovered signs of kidney failure. It's so hard watching them get old, and wondering if you will know for sure, when it's time to let them go.
You will know, though.
Thoughts and prayers are with you and your little buddy.
I'm sorry your pup isn't doing so well. There is a product that you can buy from health stores, called 'blue goo'. Its for joint pain. Depending on how long your dogs hair is, you can apply it directly to where the pain is. It doesn't smell like a medicine, it actually smells like plastic, but it REALLY works. We used it on my grandmas older dog when she was in pain. You don't really need to use that much, so it should last you a little while, and can be applied whenever he is showing signs of pain. Good luck and enjoy the time you have left with your pup.