First off, thank you all SO much for your replies. I know this conversation is never an easy one.. But you are really helping me in this decision. Rain:
Thank you. She has been a great dog and a fervent protector for myself and my family (its amazing how having her in our house even still just makes you feel safe). I love the walk idea - I have been trying so hard to find a wagon that would fit her but she is just so big.. Even the utility wagons are too narrow for her to lay comfortably. I've considered a wheelchair as well but her front legs are getting bad now too. She loves going out of the house though so we do take her for rides occasionally.
She has never had a terrible problem with incontinence but occasionally does get leaky (we don't know what causes it, it will just start and stop occasionally). Part of me is assuming that it is incontinence just based on the likelyhood of that being the case because she wouldn't knowingly urinate on herself, she has NEVER had issues with telling us when she needs to go out. I have noticed that giving cranberry tablets help a lot with clearing it up, so I think it could have to do with possibly occasional UTI's trying to set in.
I'm afraid that if we can't figure something out now to get her more comfortable and active, that will be the best thing for her. I don't want to hold on too long - she deserves better than what she has now. Garm:
You know, I used to work as a vet tech and the vet I worked with always told me that if your dog can't do her favorite things anymore, the quality of life is just not there. That has stuck with me for her. She has never ever been a very active dog because of her hip problems, but she has always been able to do what she wants to do. I have a young border collie who likes to chase around our cat (playfully, they have a weird relationship.. lol) and Porscha used to hop right up to run around with them, but recently she is just laying there barking.. I think that, above all else, hurts me. I hate that she has to watch the young dog and cat have fun but she can't. She used to practically run to the couch whenever we sat down with popcorn to watch a movie - now she just sits there and eventually goes back to sleep. She is sleeping 90% of the day. If shes sleeping comfortably, I don't have a problem.. Its just that I feel like she is to a point where she doesn't feel like she has an option, you know? I hate that.
I completely understand what you mean. I really feel the same way. We have always hoped that she would just go on her own but I have this feeling that isn't going to happen. We love her so much and hate to see her like this.. Kyllobernese
I'm so sorry for your loss. That's what our girl is doing.. She sounds like she just went for a 5 mile run when she comes back inside from only going out, going potty, and coming back in. That breaks my heart but I wish she would
let me know instead of me having to decide. Francl27:
It is such a terrible struggle.. The worst
part of sharing your life with an animal - they just don't live long enough.
14 years is a great long life though. Thats 100% what my girl is doing. It hurts my heart watching her try to function on her own and not be able to. My family is all waiting on me to make the call and I'm having a hard time deciding. We love her so much and this is just becoming harder and harder. My mom says when she looks at her now, she see's sadness.
Again, thank you all! I will be taking her in to see the vet in a couple of days - do y'all have any pain med recommendations that works best for your seniors?
I am thinking I'll get some Galiprant and/or Tramadol for her to see if that helps at all.