I have a really tough decision to make and maybe could use some purrs and prayers for guidance. Our tiny poodle is almost 16 years old. Her twin sister died several months ago.She has had heart trouble for several years but the medicine controls it. She is blind. She used to get around pretty well, but now has a hard time getting in from the back yard in daylight and bumps into things getting around the house. She has gradually lost her hearing and is now stone deaf. So she mostly stays on the bed, (a waterbed so she can tell where the edge is) or on the sofa if we will put her up. We have to carry her outside to do her business as she will no longer go willingly.

She is good in knowing when her feet hit grass what she should do. And accidents are getting more frequent. She still follows her nose around the house, likes to be held and likes treats. But I'm not sure she finds the water as often as she should and she doesn't eat her ordinary food very well. She seems very anxious when she is moving around.
My spouse thinks she is fine. I'm not so sure. I owned her mother and delivered her myself so it will be hard to let her go, but I'm thinking it is time.

Jo Firey
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."
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I have a really tough decision to make and maybe could use some purrs and prayers for guidance. Our tiny ... "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

Aww. I know it's tough. My prayers are with you for strength.

Karen
Whatever decision you make will be the right one for you and for the pet. We know it's difficult. We will pray that you find the strength when the time comes.
Jazz & his mama

Irulan
from the stars we came, to the stars we return
from now until the end of time
I have a really tough decision to make and maybe could use some purrs andprayers for guidance. Our tiny poodle ... Firey "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the momentsthat take our breath away."

Jo, I'm sorry you're having to go through this but it sounds like you summed up her quality of life pretty well; that's what decided it for me with Shetra. Big hugs and purrs to help you from us.
Christine
Can you tell if she is happy or sad? If you can, maybe that can help you decide. It really is tough.
Lots of hugs for you, Jo, and purrs and best wishes for your poodle,
Polonca & Soncek
If you were 105 years old, blind and deaf, but still had an appetite (even a light one) and were still mobile (even if you do bump into things and feel a bit trepidacious when you have to walk through the house), would you want to be euthanized?
Can you keep her in a small cage some of the time (like when you are not around or are really busy) where she has water that's easy to find?

It kind of sounds to me like she's more of an inconvenience to her human(s) than a danger to herself.
I find myself wondering if any pets ever die natural deaths anymore.
If you were 105 years old, blind and deaf, but still had an appetite (even a light one) and were ... to her human(s) than a danger to herself. I find myself wondering if any pets ever die natural deaths anymore.

That is a really good idea. We used to block off the entry way in the house when we had puppies. Gave them an area about 6ft square with waterproof floor. And it has quite a bit of light. I'm going to see if I can set it up for her for when we can't watch her. She pees on the bed if we aren't careful, and sometimes falls off the sofa. But her old space may become her new space part time.

We don't mind the inconvenience but don't always remember she needs so much more help now. It's just hard to judge her anxiety level vs her comfort level.

Jo
I have a really tough decision to make and maybe could use some purrs andprayers for guidance. Our tiny poodle ... her mother anddelivered her myself so it will be hard to let her go, but I'm thinking it is time.

What a hard and heartwrenching decision to make. But you will know when it is time, she will tell you if you know how to listen, and I think you do.

Purrs and gentle wags for the strength to do the right thing.

Yowie
If you were 105 years old, blind and deaf, but still had an appetite (even a light one) and were ... things and feel a bit trepidacious when you have to walk through the house), would you want to be euthanized?

Yes, definitely! (Unfortunately, humans don't have that option, but our pets do - if we have the courage to weigh their situation objectively.)
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