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Old 08-08-2016, 04:14 PM
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Putting Dog Down?

My Minpin is 13 years old and he's been blind for about a year now. Cataracts. His hearing has also decreased. We have another min pin and she is 5 years old. When we went on vacation for the weekend we took our younger min pin to a dog sitter and had our neighbor watch over our older dog. While we were gone he didn't eat anything but when we brought our younger dog back from the sitter he immediately became happy and is now eating.
He has a preputial tumor on his penis but I don't want to put him down because he's been my best friend since I was born. And I don't know if our 5 year old dog will become depressed and stop eating if we put him down. I really don't want to put him down. Please help. Any advice?
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Old 08-08-2016, 04:44 PM
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My Minpin is 13 years old and he's been blind for about a year now. Cataracts. His hearing has also decreased. We have another min pin and she is 5 years old. When we went on vacation for the weekend we took our younger min pin to a dog sitter and had our neighbor watch over our older dog. While we were gone he didn't eat anything but when we brought our younger dog back from the sitter he immediately became happy and is now eating.
He has a preputial tumor on his penis but I don't want to put him down because he's been my best friend since I was born. And I don't know if our 5 year old dog will become depressed and stop eating if we put him down. I really don't want to put him down. Please help. Any advice?
I really don't know. Very difficult. Maybe time for him to go?

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Here is what you should do. Get two mason jars and Label them good days and bad days. Put a coin in one each day he is having a good day or bad day. At the end of the month, if there is more bad days than good days, then you have your answer
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Oh my, breaks my heart to read stuff like this... Pins are amazing little dogs.

Some of these tumors are transmittable, have you been given a complete diagnostic? And is there a course of action you can take?

Only you can decide what to do with the dog, but if it was an option from the vet.


Sorry you're going through this at such a young age.
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Difficult decisions have to be made as our dogs age, but you say he is happy and eating. If he is not in pain and his quality of life is fairly good, he deserves your love and care for as long as his life has quality. Blind dogs, most, can manage pretty well, as long as they are in familiar surroundings and you don't move things around on him. Its a difficult decision, and at your age, I hope you have some adult help available to you. Sometimes the younger dog will essentially become the older dogs eyes and ears, dogs being the amazing creatures they are. When he is no longer able to enjoy life and or he is in pain, or so confused that he can no longer cope, you will have that decision to make.

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I really can't offer a suggestion as these things are just so hard and must be decided my the owner. I do wish you all the blessings and wishes for peace whatever you decide. I still have my wonderful min pin as she is only around 5 yrs old, but this pass Feb we did have to put our older chihuahua down and it was a very hard decision. We went with what our lifelong vet suggested we do. We trust him completely and he said it was the best thing for our lil sweetheart. Doesn't make it easy at ALL though. I'm so sorry your having to deal with this. My Harley sends a big "I'm sorry" as well.



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Oh my, breaks my heart to read stuff like this... Pins are amazing little dogs.

Some of these tumors are transmittable, have you been given a complete diagnostic? And is there a course of action you can take?

Only you can decide what to do with the dog, but if it was an option from the vet.


Sorry you're going through this at such a young age.
Yes. I missed the age point. And, for that, I apologise to the OP.
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I'm so sorry that your boy is going though that (((HUGS))) I know that it's really heartbreaking.

Have you and your parents asked the vet about removing the tumor? Sometimes they can do that if it's not too big.

If y'all can't have it removed for whatever reason then talk to the vet about how to best keep him comfortable and give him the best quality of life. Also ask about what to watch for so you'll know when it may be time to let him go.

Don't worry too much about your younger dog if you have to have the older one put to sleep, he'll most likely be O.K. since he still has you. He'll miss his old buddy but he'll adjust.
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It's all about quality of life. I'm a groomer and I have seen so many dogs that are suffering and the guardians refuse to see because they are more concerned with their own comfort. If your baby has some quality of life and is still able to enjoy being a dog then enjoy every moment and comfort him like he's always comforted you. Just don't let selfishness rule if he's suffering or hurting. It's cruel.

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His preputial tumor popped and has had a little bit of blood and pus coming out and it stinks as well. He is still eating and when I come to pet him his tail wags happily.
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