We've had Cody (dog) for 7 yrs, and believe he was 5 when we got him. So that makes him 12/13. He's a BIG boy. Lab, Rott, Chow, & whatever mix. You couldn't ask for a better dog with young kids!
But here's the problem. We know he's going blind (his eyes are very cloudy), he has terrible arthritis that everything I've given him so far hasn't consitantly helped. I'm pretty sure he's getting senile (he hears things, or thinks he does). Despite having plenty of bones, shew toys, etc he will only chew on the kids toys, he actually takes them out of the toy box now! Or zippers and buttons.
He's fallen down the outside stairs 3 times, and stairs are the only way in / out, and the basement stairs twice. He is determined to go upstairs to sleep on the kids beds, he's demolished 2 locked child gates to get up there.
His new thing is he chews his leg. I've medicated it for being a hot spot, but that hasn't helped. He also needs to go outside every 20 min or so when we're home, whether he has to go potty or not. He will scratch at the deck door until we let him out, he's scratched the glass on the old deck door, even if he just came in from outside.
He hasn't stopped whining, even when he's wagging his tail & playing. BUT despite all of this, he still SEEMS happy most of the time.
I don't know what to do
A big part of me thinks it's time to PTS. I'm afraid DD will come home from school one day to find he'd passed. The other part sees that he still appears to have a lot of life left, so maybe it's not time.
Hubby won't talk about until he's obviously on his deathbed, and last year the vet said to wait. Agghhhh.
I have to schedule his yearly soon, so I'll talk to the vet again, but I don't want to sound heartless.