02-09-2017, 07:04 PM
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Tell him to at least take her to the vet, unless he O.K's it she will not be put to sleep. She at least deserves to be as pain free and comfortable as possible and the vet may be able to give y'all some medicine to help with that.
The going in circles has me wondering about vestibular disease and if it's that then there's medicine that should help with it. Getting on and off the bed sounds like it may be arthritis getting the better of her, and again the vet can prescribe medicine that will ease the pain and discomfort. Losing control of her bladder and bowels is a bit more worrying, especially the bowels, the bladder may be incontinence, and again there's medicine that can help with it, but throw in the bowels and it's much more worrying.
I will tell you that one of my greatest regrets is not having my 17 year 8 month old dog put down when he stopped eating. I opted to try a last ditch effort (I shouldn't have) to get him eating when my vet said some medicine may help. He hadn't eaten hardly anything for 2 to 3 days before I took him to the vet, just picked at the food. I took him in on a Wednesday, Tuesday was the last day he ate anything, Friday I was on the phone asking if it would be best to take him in to be put to sleep or if he'd be in any discomfort or pain passing away at home. I was told that he should be alright passing away at home. Let your Partner know that they do not always pass away peacefully in their sleep, that death isn't always a peaceful, or quick, Shadow's wasn't. He held on till Sunday, and it was 2 of my worst days, he lost control of his bowels, let out a couple of eerie howls, never ate again, got weaker and weaker. There was nothing I could do to help him. On Sunday I carried him out to potty, and when I picked him back up to take him in he let out one last howl then died. Tell your Partner to spare himself that.
If he wants to let his old gal putter around, and she's still overall healthy, that's fine. Shadow went two years like that, he was blind, had canine cognitive dysfunction, and bad arthritis, but he still loved to eat and seemed pretty content. If his old gal's appetite starts to go it's likely time to let her go soon.