My dog has had diabetes for a few years and has gone blind from it. We give him insulin shots daily (my wife won't tell me how much it costs!) He also has terrible skin allergies that cause him to smell horrendously. I can barely stand to be in the same room with him. The allergies also cause him to scratch and bite himself constantly, which aside from being annoying, causes his fur to get wet and smell even worse. It's embarassing to have company over. He can't hold his bladder for more than a few hours, which limits the time we can spend away from home.
We've made countless trips to vets to address his allergy problems, but medication choices are limited because of his diabetes. My wife bathes him twice a week with medicated shampoo (per doctor's orders.)

This is how his day goes: Wake up, pee outside, scratch, scratch, chew, chew, eat dog food, scratch, scratch, poop outside, eat his own poop, scratch, scratch, chew, chew, stink, stink well -you get the idea.

The point is, I want to put him to sleep, but my wife and daughter think that would be cruel. He's only 10 years old (a small terrier mix) and doesn't seem to suffer, but he can't do any doggie activities anymore, and he's costing a lot of money. It would be hard for me to put him down, but that would be true even if he was truly needing it.

Am I jumping the gun on wanting to put him down???
Have they tried putting the dog on a home made diet to deal with the allergies. If nothing else works often this is the solution to the whole problem with allergies and skin problems. Yes it will cost more to home cook for him but you'll save it in vet bills. And as far as the cost of the insulin it's not that expensive for all the more your dog takes and your wife sounds like a jewel for taking care of him.
You can only hope that she cares as much for you if your health should ever come to that.
We put our 18 year old sheltie mix down last year when she went blind in addition to her other problems (arthritis, incontinence, bad hygiene, constipation, lack of appetite, etc.). It was very difficult for us, traumatic at the very least. We had tried various medications and regimens and nothing seemed to work well.
But it was the right time. We were fighting a losing battle and although she didn't seem to be terribly uncomfortable it wouldn't be long before she fell on the stairs or developed more painful conditions.
10 years old isn't that young, I think of 12 as a nominal age forpassing of most dogs. You will be doing him a favor of saving him from a long, uncomfortable decline and a poor quality of life. There are lots of dogs at rescue organizations that need loving families. Our new girl is a joy who really appreciates having a home.
I can't express the terrible pain and guilt we felt when we put ours down but it was the right decision for us. No one can tell you what the right thing is for you to do, but you should know that euthanasia is a valid and humane option.
Good luck.
I haven't heard of a home made diet for dogs I'll have to take a look at that. Thanks
My wife already spoils me beyond imagination!!! I'm thinking about increasing her life insurance because I would have to hire 3 people to do all the things she does for me! :-P
Thanks, Wolf. I appreciate the reassurance that I'm not just being cruel..
Have they tried putting the dog on a home made diet to deal with the allergies. If nothing else works ... expensive for all the more your dog takes and your wife sounds like a jewel for taking care of him.

We hope to get a dog one of these days and I am interested in the home made diet. We adopted a dog who had severe skin problems. He lost all his hair and scratched a lot. I would bathe him with special soaps and he got shots every 2 or 3 weeks. When he was about 13 we finally had him put to sleep. The vet had been urging us to do this for a year or so. It is so hard to give up like that. Anyway when we do get a dog I think I will cook for him, so do you have website that can tell me what to cook?