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post #1 of 5 Old 11-05-2012, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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Not sure what else to do - venting

We got Cody about 7 yrs ago from the shelter. He's an 80 pound mix. When we got him he was 5 or 6 and was put it the shelter because of a divorce. He's been AMAZING w/ the kids, even letting our youngest use his ears as a teething ring. So he's around 12 or 13 now.

So here's the thing, he's getting impossible to take care of. I'm pretty sure he's getting senile, since he's getting more and more bothered by ppl walking past our house, he has barked at walls on occasion(he rarely ever barks in the house). His bathroom habits are getting frustrating. He refuses to go during the day if I stop home quick to let him out. But once we are home it's an every 20 min ordeal. Our nights have been like this, J comes home he goes out, does his business & comes back in. I come home about 20 min later & repeat. It's now 4:30. News comes on at 5 back outside. Hubby home around 5:30 out again. He only eats when we're home, and usually only when we eat. Then right after it's right back out. Repeat this a few more times until we go to bed.

He's also become very stubborn about sleeping in our beds when we aren't home. Even though he has his own. He's broken the latch on our bedroom door past the point of repair (it's an antique knob). He will dump a wash basket of clothes & sleep on the clothes. He takes blankets out of the basket. The problem w/ this is he chews on buttons & zippers. So it's getting expensive just to replace all those items he's chewed.

He has now started taking the kids toys out of their toyboxes and destroying them. I've caught him twice this morning! I've made sure he has plenty of bones (he likes the nylabones) but won't even touch them now, he just chews on toys.

He also has very bad arthritis & is going blind. Because he's active, the vet doesn't think it's actually bothering him all that much, even though he has a hard time w/ stairs.

He's never been crated before, so I can't do that. I think it's time to pts, but the vet said it's not time yet. He said there was an issue with one of his teeth, but would cost quite a bit of $$ to fix, and it was no guarantee the chewing would stop. I love Cody to pieces, but his chewing is getting out of hand and I can't justify the $$ on an older dog when it probably won't solve the problem. He's on arthritis supplements, but the vet thinks we should try adequin, I think it's to late.

Agghh frustrated!!
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-05-2012, 07:55 AM
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The vet is not living with your friend and you alone know when the time has come. I think you are right that it is time to say goodbye.
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Dogs do get Alzheimers like disease also. We had one. She finally became a shell of her former self and none of us were happy any longer, her included. It is a difficult decision, but it sounds to me like he has had a great life and really long considering his size. I once had a vet who questioned my decision to PTS one of ours, and tried to talk me into a $$ back surgery.....he quickly became my EX vet. It was not in the best interest of the dog. Period. It was in the best interest of the vets pocketbook, and kids college fund.
If you think it is time, it most likely is. I delayed the past one, just in June, and she somehow fell off our deck and drowned. I felt horrible as she hated the water and would never ever go near it had she been herself. I still have nightmares about it. Find a vet who will support your decision, whatever it is. **Hugs**
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He may be developing cataracts. When you are home he's really wanting to check his territory and has trained you well to let him out. He'll need to go out when you first get home but after that he should be good for 3 or 4 hours. When you are gone all day he wants to be near your scent. The kids toys carry their's but he doesn't know the difference between toys he may have been given in the past and your kids toys. The dog may be looking for something soft to chew if he has a tooth issue. I'm wondering if the dog was older than you were told. I'm wasn't sure how old my retriever was but fortunately my vet had kept records from his previous owner. If you think it's time perhaps find another vet. A vet does have to put the animal down if you request it.
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-14-2012, 07:20 PM
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Agree with saddlebag. Seems to me it's more of a behavioural problem, probably triggered by changes in health.
Get him a couple of soft toys, maybe an old T-shirt of you or any member in the family in his bed. Comfort Zone worked wonders on my cats, I can imagine it does the same with dogs.
Seems he wants more attention now.

I know I might not get many likes for what I'll say now...he gave you and your family the best years of his life, now he's old and is getting a bit inconvenient. But I think, as long as he is not becoming a danger to himself or others, eats well and is active, I don't see any reason to get rid of him.
It's a little like bringing the grandparents in an old folks home.......

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