Health Tip: Planning for the End – Pt 1, When Is It Time?

Sad older dog close-up photo

At this writing, I’m wrestling with this tough decision myself.  I never thought my dog’s mobility decline would lead me here.  She has autoimmune issues and decreased kidney function, and I thought those diseases would eventually inform my decision.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Has her vet monitored her health and prescribed therapies that (until now) have worked?
  • How is her appetite?
  • Eating?
  • Drinking?
  • Pooping normally and regularly?
  • Peeing normally and regularly?

How is her mobility? And her activity level?

  • Moving slower
  • Trouble getting up
  • No more stairs
  • Panting
  • Shorter walks
  • Limping – intermittent or constant
  • Sits or quits on walks?

Are you using pain management?

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
  • Glucosamine?
  • Anti-inflammatories?
  • Are these working?

Have you exhausted all options such as TCM, herbs, acupuncture, massage, a change in diet, supplements, BP meds, insulin, physical therapy, specialists and second opinions?

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