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When is it time to put your dog down?
I'm having a disagreement with my family on this.

My dog is 12, has diabetes, is blind, and hard of hearing. His diabetes is controlled with insulin injections. He eats well, gets around the house on his own, and still enjoys his walks.

Some in my family think we should put him down because they think he is suffering because he can't do what he used to (play, see, hear well, chew bones).

I don't think he should be put down unless he is diagnosed with cancer or some other terminal disease or he just quits doing everything like eating, going for walks, etc.

What do you think?
Thanks.


Tiguar
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re: When is it time to put your dog down?
If he’s eating, not shitting himself, and generally seems happy, it’s not time.


TigerOnTheMountain
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re: When is it time to put your dog down?
When their quality of life is noticeably diminished.


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tigerinthebueche
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re: When is it time to put your dog down?
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He eats well, gets around the house on his own, and still enjoys his walks.


This is good enough for me. When he don’t eat, give him the needle.

frick everyone else. He’s your dog, you do what you think is right.


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StringedInstruments
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re: When is it time to put your dog down?
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Some in my family think we should put him down because they think he is suffering because he can't do what he used to (play, see, hear well, chew bones).


I’m sure many in your family can’t do what they used to because they’re old, fat, whatever. Ask them if it’s time to put them down.


Sao
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re: When is it time to put your dog down?

Just let the poor thing die naturally. He won't see it coming.


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Will Cover
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re: When is it time to put your dog down?
Depending on situation (age, health, food intake, incontinence, etc.) if dog declines consecutively 3 days in a row and stops being a dog — and becomes more of a patient, I think that is when a tough decision has to be strongly looked at.



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Ingeniero
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re: When is it time to put your dog down?
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His diabetes is controlled with insulin injections. He eats well, gets around the house on his own, and still enjoys his walks.

It's not time yet. It sounds cliche and comes up in every thread, but your buddy will let you know when it's time.


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biohzrd
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re: When is it time to put your dog down?
The same time you’d put a human down.... I’ve had to put two dogs down, but that was when they stopped eating, and loss control of their bowl/urine movement.

Did I wait too long?? Probably, but I’d do the same for a family member that was human.


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baldona
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re: When is it time to put your dog down?
So on one side, remember he’s long past where he would have lived if a wild animal. Given that, humans live well past our natural life without medicine.

But yes, general the rule of thumb is when they stop eating and going to bath to the bathroom like normal.


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Jim Rockford
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re: When is it time to put your dog down?
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He eats well, gets around the house on his own, and still enjoys his walks.


Not time yet. Dogs have no past or future. They live completely in the present. He doesn't know he can't do what he used to do.

Things to look for: Obvious pain that can't be controlled, mobility issues, loss of appetite. All these things can be dealt with via medication, but if the meds don't help, then it's time.


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shutterspeed
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re: When is it time to put your dog down?
If I thought my dog still enjoyed some quality of life and being part of the family, and he wasn’t creating a financial hardship, then I wouldn’t pull the trigger.


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A Menace to Sobriety
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re: When is it time to put your dog down?
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My dog is 12, has diabetes, is blind, and hard of hearing. His diabetes is controlled with insulin injections. He eats well, gets around the house on his own, and still enjoys his walks


If it's still eating well, walking well, playing well, and genuinely looks happy, then I would do nothing. Trust me most people know when it's time, and I'm sure you do too. Sounds like he still has life in him.


Huey Lewis
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re: When is it time to put your dog down?
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I don't think he should be put down unless he is diagnosed with cancer or some other terminal disease or he just quits doing everything like eating, going for walks, etc.


I agree with this assessment, but I think the objectively true answer to when it's okay to put a dog down is: whenever you want for whatever reason you want.


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Spankum
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re: When is it time to put your dog down?
I don’t know the answer you seek...nobody does. I will however, say that I have had to put three dogs down in my life and 100% of the time I waited too long. I don’t know whether I rationalized that it was not time yet, or I just procrastinated, but the fact is, I did it.


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beauchristopher
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re: When is it time to put your dog down?
If he's eating then I think he's okay.

Our dog was super old and could no longer walk and we had someone tell us to put her down, but she lived another year this way. She still ate great and seemed okay. She was also losing hearing. We even made a customized wheelchair for her to use. She would let us know when she needed to go and we'd assist her. She was also able to walk the yard with the wheelchair. Thankfully she passed on her own, because my mother was really struggling with whether to put her down.

This post was edited on 4/11 at 9:53 pm


Ancient Astronaut
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re: When is it time to put your dog down?
Be a good owner and don’t think about murdering ur dog!


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Tigahs24Seven
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re: When is it time to put your dog down?
I have had to do it a few times.. Never easy.
However, when it is time you KNOW it in your gut. It is obvious. Doesn't sound like you are there yet. You will know.


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Methuselah
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re: When is it time to put your dog down?
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He eats well, gets around the house on his own, and still enjoys his walks.

If he's still enjoying things and is not in pain, I think it's ok to wait. Just monitor him closely to see if those things change. Give him lots of love.


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SpotCheckBilly
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re: When is it time to put your dog down?
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If he’s eating, not shitting himself, and generally seems happy, it’s not time.


This. You'll know when it's time. It's not easy, not at al, but at some point you realize that the only reason you aren't doing it is because you just can't let him go. And then you will let him go.


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