12-08-2012, 03:26 AM
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I hope the OP comes back to check the thread.
OP: You are on a budget. You have limits to what you are willing to spend based on that budget and the age of the dog.
Now, I know the bully breeds. I am a huge bulldog fan and own one (American Bulldog) that I adore. That said, I also know the damage they are capable of causing and that they have a pretty high pain tolerance. I also know there are a lot of very bad breeders out there that are not breeding for temperament or health.
If you want a guess without me knowing the dog or his history, I'd say he was a dog bred badly (evidenced by his physical problems) that probably showed aggression or at least signs of instability in his previous home (as he has in yours since the beginning) and that's why he was in a shelter. Just a guess, who knows?
But the reality is that you have a very large and aggressive to humans dog in your home with your family. Most importantly, your child. You and your man are adults and can make your own choices, but your child cannot. Pleas, please, please while you are working with vets and wrestling with your conscience DO NOT let that dog around your child. Crate him safely when your daughter is around. And I wouldn't let him around visitors either or you may end up with an attack, a lawsuit, and an injured human on your conscience.
My opinion about his medical conditions are that they do cause him pain. Bulldogs do not generally show pain unless it is severe. Certainly severe enough to cause aggression. Dogs with limited sight can become fearful and act aggressively because they cannot see what is going on.
Even if this aggression is medically based and not a temperamentally unsound dog, he is still dangerous and he is in pain. If you are unable or unwilling to spend the money correcting ALL of his medical problems then the kindest thing you can do for him is give him a few cheeseburgers and put him down.
If this is a temperament thing and you decide to work with a behaviorist understand that it will take months and maybe even years of work to get him on track. In the meantime he is still unsafe and will need to be managed and contained for safety.
If it were me, considering the dogs age and history, I'd skip the vet bills and put him down. He is aggressive, loaded with expensive medical problems, owned by someone with a job and a child and a budget, and old-ish for his breed. Maybe he as 3-5 years left tops. Plus, in pain and with cataracts, his quality of life isn't so hot. I think letting him go on to whatever comes next is a kindness.