I have a 17 yr old Min Pin that has been with me since a puppy, his name is Gunner. I am conflicted as to if I should put him at peace now, he is blind and darn near deaf, has potty issues and just wonders now a days around the house. I am NO good at playing God, and I Love him to pieces.He doesn't seem to be in any pain at all, but I'm thinking his quality of life isn't what it use to be, of course. He has lived 2 yrs past what's expected of his life span. I also live in a very cold climate during the winter and he just doesn't want anything to do with it, can't really blame him there. Please advice if you've been in the same situation as myself. Some input would be greatly appreciated........Thank You!
If your old friend is still eating and drinking normally, I personally would not put him to sleep. Then again, I'm the world's biggest sap. Do you know what the potty issues stem from, and can you put a diaper on him part of the time? I was faced with the same thing twice, and each time both dogs went and lay down in the shrubs in the garden, and I found them. They say a dog will just go and find a place to die, and if there is no disease process going on, I think that's the best case scenario. After all, at 17 your little dog is a very old man. I would just spoil the crap out of him, as long as he's not suffering at all. Sorry I'm not much help, but that's just my opinion, others may see things differently. I know it's a painful decision, and I'm sending you a ((big hug)).
Thank you for your thoughts, I too myself am a sap, but than again I think of his quality of life as well. He seems confused and not sturdy on his legs anymore too. I have taken him to the Vet and he is getting signs of congestive heart failure among a few other minor things that come along with his age. As far as potty issues, it's just getting bad.......were it stems from, no clue. He was potty trained and now not........I don't know. I also have to think of my 6 yr old son and health issues when it comes to the potting problem, I can't shampoo my carpets everyday. Plus I have a Chihuahua and he seems to be reverting too, the marking the territory thing I'm thinking. I have a BIG decision to make.......the pros and cons of it all, but again, Thank you for responding.
If the old boy has lost control of his bowel, and bladder function, I would keep him in a gated off area, with no carpet of course. I would also take him in to see if there is anything the vet can do to help with these problems. If the gated off area does'nt work for you, what about an X-pen? It would definitely help with him marking up your carpet, and then causing your Chi to mark it as well. Perhaps he would feel more comfortable in a smaller space, with his crate, or bed, and lessen his confusion. He may have cataracts, and this would explain the vision trouble. Is he still eating and drinking properly? That is the one sign and symptom that tells me if a dog is ready to go. I'm sorry you are faced with this problem, it's so hard to watch a once active and playful little dog become old and decrepit, especially when you've owned him for 17 years. Once again, I empathise with your position, and I think that perhaps you will know the answer to this question very soon. ((hugs))
Thx for all your input! I went and put Gunner to rest this past Sat. It was really, really hard but it was time for the old guy. I felt it was the humane thing to do and when he fell asleep after the shot, I felt on overwhelming calm come over me and that he was now happy and at peace. He will be missed and LOVED as long as I live and no other dog in the future will ever take his place. A donation was made in his name to the Purdue University Veternarian program and they will be making a memorial for him, which I thought was just fantastic. He was a special little guy!
I feel for you, I have a min pin Prince who is 14. I am faced with the same things, He is Ok for no but I can see him getting old. I know that I cant keep him for my own selfish reasons. I admire you for what you did, it was the best for him I'm sure. He's running and playing like a pup i'm sure
I put my min pin down 3 yrs ago he was only 12 yrs old. It broke my heart. He went blind, and was running into things. Than he got sick and was drinking all the time and had no control, going potty all over. He was losing weight where his skin was sagging. And everthing happened all so fast within 2 -3 mos.We did the diapers for a couple months. I couldve took him to vets and had all kinds of tests done to find out if he was diabetic, maybe there was even a daily shot. But we decided that even IF...his quality of life was gone the way he knew it. No more chasing birds and running around. Everyone tells me we did the right thing, but it hurt me alot. If my dog wouldve been 17 yrs, I wouldnt feel so bad.
hannah not everyone wants to buy a crap dog from a crap breeder.
You don't need to dig up old posts just to advertise, WHICH YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DO. Anyway, if I wanted to purchase a dog, I would want a breeder who could at least read the TOS they agreed to before becoming a member. If you can follow simple instructions, how good can your breeding program be???????
I too was faced with the decision of whether to put my min pin down. She had congestive heart failure and took a bad turn for the worst 2 days previously. The vet told me if she wasn't better after taking some meds for 2-3 days I may want to consider putting her down. I knew I didn't want her to suffer and it was very obvious she was struggling to breathe. As it turned out I didn't have to make that decision. I lost my baby girl on New Years Day. This week has been so very hard. I had her for 11 years; from the time she was 6 weeks old. She will be missed. I feel for anyone who is in that position. It's a tough decision to make. As much as I loved her and will miss her I was glad I didn't have to make it.