10-05-2018, 11:08 AM
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That is the most heart-breaking and hardest decision to make. I posted a response to a very similar post recently. I'm going to re-post what I said here.
Just because one gets older and slows down, has a hard time with stairs or jumping, isn't a reason to think life is over. That's all normal when aging, so what he needs is help with all of that. A softer bed, help up the stairs, less stress on joints, etc. It sounds like he needs different medication. Focus on making life as good as it can be for someone that is elderly. Better or softer food. Medications, probiotics, supplements. Even therapy. Go all out and think of anything you can that you'd want for yourself if you were experiencing achy joints and difficulty with stairs, or losing interest in food.
Make a bucket list of things that make him happy and do those things. The worst thing is to have regrets that you didn't do everything you could and then some (speaking from expericence).
And please, if you do eventually have to make the decision to take him in to be put down, stay with him. You are his comfort. Don't let his last minutes be with a stranger. Let his thoughts be of you and how much you love him. Also, I hate even mentioning this, but it's something people should be aware of. Euthanasia does cause some pain. It's not just slipping away peacefully. At least not from my experience.
That being said. I think you should focus on life and living and making life better and happier for as long as you can. The best place to start would be visiting a vet that wants to help make quality of life better and get him examined and go from there with whatever you can do to make him comfortable and happy.