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    I'm feeling so torn right now and very so please be gentle with me.

    I have a 13 yo border collie x Labrador. He is old and getting very creaky. Until now he had been doing well but he has started having real difficulty using the stairs (he only has access to the rear of the house and back yard because we are on a busy road and no front fence. The house is high set, all our living is upstairs, only laundry and storage under). Last week he couldn't get up the last part of stairs and I had to lift him. Now while we are at work we block the stairs of so he can't get stuck on them. Yesterday dh was here and heard him fall down the stairs and yelp (because or neighbour was throwing some food down to him.... Grrrr). Since then he won't use the stairs at all, not even for food. We have to carry down the smaller set of stairs in the morning and help him back up at night.

    He has cataracts, is deaf and is just an old, old man. The vet is coming tomorrow. If they say that he needs anything invasive, because I suspect he has injured his pelvis, I feel that is too much for him to bear at his age. But he is happy when he is just sitting with us. My concern is if he can't use the stairs and is relegated to a life downstairs that is no life at all because he will be away from his pack.

    I keep thinking that if I wait until the decision is really clear, that I have probably left him go to long. But I don't want to just have him put down Willy nilly (because it is not Willy nilly, it is painful and awful). The vet may be able to help with anti inflammatory meds etc, I'm not sure yet. She also said once a large dog loses the ability to use the stairs they have difficulty getting it back. I keep going on about the stairs but they are a huge hurdle for him.
    I would be keen to hear some perspectives

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    No advice but how sad. They really become part of the family. I have been there before with putting a pet down and it still eats me up abit when I think about it at times. Im sure the vet will give you an honest opinion.

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    No advice here either as it is a decision I dread having to make one day but wanted to send you a heap of hugs for what you are facing

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    How heart breaking, I'm sure with the advice of your vet you will make the right decision for your pup xx

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    Default Thoughts - elderly dog to be euthanised

    Just recently had my 13.5 year old girl put down.

    You have to ask yourself what quality of life does he have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Just recently had my 13.5 year old girl put down.

    You have to ask yourself what quality of life does he have?
    I agree. Are you keeping him alive for him or for you?

    We had to put our beloved cat down and I didn't want to. The vet in the end just said enough and it was time.

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    I'm a vet and I honestly have more people regret euthanising too late than too early.

    Huge hugs, and I hope tomorrow brings good news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    I agree. Are you keeping him alive for him or for you?
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    I think that is what I'm struggling with. I don't know how to answer that because he does look quite happy, but then his mobility is declining and his fear of the stairs is increasing.

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    I'm a vet and I honestly have more people regret euthanising too late than too early.

    Huge hugs, and I hope tomorrow brings good news.
    Thanks. I really do appreciate your perspective on to early vs too late.

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    He's 13.5. He's not young for what I imagine is a large dog?

    Our cat was confined to the laundry in the end. She seemed ok but she couldn't go outside and do whatever it is cats do.

    Can he live so the stairs aren't required?

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    @Sonja I just can't think of any way around the stairs.

    He is old. I used an online dog she calculator and a 13 year old lab is the equivalent of 97 years old. Border collie requested to an 80 year old


 

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