Hello, I'm starting to wonder if we need to make the decision for our old dog, Maggie.
Maggie is a shih tzu, almost 15 years old. She's been on a number of heart medications over the last 4+ years. Thankfully she's very determined to stick with us (the pharmacist has said she's never had a dog with these prescriptions that has survived for so long), however I'm beginning to wonder if we need to start thinking about doing what's best for her.
She's still a happy and affectionate dog, but we know her mental faculties are starting to leave. She'll often just stand and stare, forgetting where she is.
She's having accidents more and more. Not losing control, but just going somewhere in the house to do her business. She still asks to go out sometimes, but quite often we may be watching tv or something when she'll suddenly get up and start trotting to the front room (her favorite indoor place) before we catch her.
She's lost a lot of teeth, but still eats and drinks. She's also losing a lot of weight but doesn't seem to be in distress or uncomfortable. She's also mostly deaf.
Overall though, she still has some of that spark in her. She's happy to see us and likes to be with the family and see what we're doing. She's always begging for treats.
This is where the possible selfish part comes in. In early June the entire family is going on a big trip overseas. When we planned the trip we really didn't think she was going to be with us much longer. (she goes through some periods where it seems like she's beginning to trend down but then seems to always snap out of it.)
The thing that worries us is how she'll handle this. She's always had a hard time when we leave. She gets very distressed. Not to mention the accidents. We really can't have a dog with these issues at someone's house. We really don't have someone who can come over and watch her and clean up. We know her time is close, but she's been beating the odds so much we're not sure when that will come.
I know the decision is ultimately up to us, but I'm wondering what others may think?