I have an almost 16 year old Shih-Tzu. She has a bad liver due to a tumor which the vet said is not cancerous. Since April she's lost 5 pounds so she is down to 12 pounds as of yesterday when I took her to the vet. The last time she pooped it was soft and tarry and completely black and there was blood. For about the last week and a half she has stopped eating completely, on Sunday she had a couple of pieces of beef steak, on Tuesday she had 3 or 4 small pieces of chicken and then yesterday she had two licks of rice with chop meat which I thought she would definitely eat since she used to love it. She also has a hard time getting up because she is so weak that her hind legs give out. I was hoping that nature would take it's course and that she would go to doggy heaven all by herself, but I feel that she is going to starve herself to death and I feel horrible about that. Pookie is a loving member of our family and my kids love her to death. When we took her to the vet yesterday, we though he would tell us that the best thing was to put her down, but instead he gave her a shot and some pills to make her stomach feel better so hopefully she would start eating again and he said it "could" be a matter of weeks, but he didn't know for sure. I don't know what to do. Is putting her down the humane thing to do or let nature take it's course? Help me please.
Wow, this is a very tough decision. Is she in pain? Is there joy in her life? Would she eat canned food, rather than have to chew meat? If she is drinking, her kidneys will still function. I always wait until most people would have made the decision earlier.
We put our Standard Poodle down when her back legs would no longer support herself. She laid on the floor for a day, and defecated/urinated on herself. She was not whining or in pain, but there was no quality of life left and we knew she was miserable not being able to move. She no longer wanted to eat or drink.
I wish you the best in your decision. It won't be easier, no matter when or how she passes to the Rainbow Bridge.
He is your friend, partner, defender, your dog. You are his life, love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
As I have posted before, we can all offer opinions but only you will know when it is time. We do not have the relationship with your dog that you do. Listen with your heart, you will know when it is time.
You can't win if you don't play the game -- Me!
All cruelty springs from weakness -- Seneca
Sometimes a dog is as good as any man -- Bell/Houser
Is your dog enjoying it's life? If so i would suggest letting it go at it's own time, if not i WOULD strongly suggest to put it down.
I know, its hard letting your friend go, one that's been there for you all the time. If you make that choice to put your dog down, just remember, Your dog had the best life ever! Because you was it's owner and he/she loved you! don't feel bad if you do put it to sleep. It doesn't hurt them they just feel like their drifting off to sleep.
I know how you feel, i had to put my 14 year old cocker spaniel to sleep this year.
Sometimes you've just gotta get on with your life when something goes wrong. But lets not grief for too long cause theres a whole world out there. <3