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View Poll Results: Should this dog be put down?
Yes 32 91.43%
No 3 8.57%
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Old 04-07-2011, 03:20 PM
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I can only add "Amen" to everyone who says this dog's time has come. (And thanks to the OP's parents for saving a pair of dogs so long ago!
The dog has no quality of life. No dog wants to mess in its bed. If the dog is whimpering, he/she is in pain. There is nothing to be done to give this dog a longer life that is any good.
Please take this matter to heart and put the dog down. Rescued from an earlier bad life and has had a good long life, and should pass without pain and in loving care.
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:23 PM
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OP, please don't stand by and allow your mother to take out her frustrations on a dog. If you think it's going to lead to a family argument in a month or two, does that mean the dog is going to continue to "live" the way he or she has been living? Why even post and ask for opinions if you're not going to take action?

Maybe it's just me, but I don't think of dogs as an "it." OP hasn't referred to the dog as a him, her or by name.
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Old 04-08-2011, 01:23 AM
Location: Canada
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Originally Posted by Gnutella View Post
The dog has been to the vet since it was brought indoors, multiple times. It just hasn't been at any point this calendar year that I can recall. (Maybe I've been unaware.) I don't think there's neglect; my mother spoon-feeds and cleans the dog daily. It's just that she doesn't want to let go of it, period, no matter what, even though its quality of life will never recover, and even though the rest of the family saw the writing on the wall almost a year ago.

My mother held out hope late last summer, giving it some arthritis pills and some nutrient supplements, and she said that the dog was more lively and helpful for a while, but since January or February, it just makes less effort than it ever has before, and she's finally starting to get frustrated with the constant maintenance.

She's put a lot of effort into nursing that dog, believing that it could stay reasonably healthy, but it's clearly begun to take its toll on her in the last month. At some point, either this month or next, I know that this situation is going to reach a flashpoint, and there is going to be a major family argument. I do not look forward to it.

In spite of all this, I just wanted to clarify that the dog has not been neglected or abused. If anything, it's been pampered too long. My mother is caught up in an exercise of futility, trying desperately to delay the inevitable. I believe that she loves animals to a fault.
I haven't read every post but if the dog is in no pain, according to the vet, and your mother is determined to go above and beyond the call of duty, has she considered getting a dog wheelchair? They are not cheap but there are a variety of wheelchairs available, for many conditions at Eddie's Wheels. Eddies Wheels*|*Help for handicapped pets There are testimonials and videos available on the site and dogs can certainly live fulfilled lives in a wheelchair if one is prepared to put in the effort.

I came across their site when my GSD who is 100 pounds did not walk for 6 straight weeks following ACL surgery. She could not even pull herself forward an inch in order to move away from her defecation. I did not end up getting her a wheelchair from them because I had the feeling it was caused by pain and after increased pain medication from my vet, she began walking again and she is walking today.

But I did get a wheelchair for my beagle who has severe arthritis. The most important thing is to get the measurements right because they are all custom made.

Last edited by netwit; 04-08-2011 at 01:26 AM.. Reason: typo
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Old 04-10-2011, 01:27 PM
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If the dog is on painkillers and anti-inflamatory treatment and is still unable to get up then imo its time to throw the towel in.

My Aunt's dog had hip dysplasia his treatment increased in strength until there was nothing stronger, he was getting up having frequent daily short walks to keep him as mobile as possible and stop muscle wasting so far as possible.

Unfortunately the day came when he fell over for the last time as could not get back up. Fortunately he never whimpered so I can only assume he wasn't distressed, and hopefully not in pain. Just the same the time had come to say goodbye.

Its the most difficult decision for any pet owner to make, may god give your mum strength to make the right decision for your dog.
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:23 PM
Location: Mountains of middle TN
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Ask your mother if, when she is in that condition, if she'd like you to lay her on a mattress in the corner and yell at her when she's miserable. What a horribly selfish person your mother is. Yes, that poor dog should be allowed to pass and escape the misery it's in. So sad.
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Old 04-16-2011, 07:51 AM
Location: 500 miles from home
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Sometimes it takes an objective outsider to talk to the dog owner. I know I was in deep denial when it came to my elderly Maltese and it took several friends and family to gently talk to me about quality of life issues.

But, it was my Vet that really convinced me. I think your Mom needs to get the dog to a Vet and listen strongly to what he/she has to say.
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