Paopei

My dog is coming to 20 yrs old and she has Degnerative Joint Disease. she could hardly stand on her own without support


Asked by Paopei on Jan 23rd 2014 in The Dogster Website
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Pineapple Smushface

That is VERY old, like 100+ people years. Ask your vet about euthanasia if you believe in it. If she eats, she still has the will to live. When she stops eating and drinking, that means she wants to die. In the wild dogs leave the pack and go off by themselves to die peacefully (or not), but they know when it's time. ^_^


Pineapple Smushface answered on 1/23/14. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Becca

Actually, that math is off, she's over 100 comparable years old.
If euthanasia is not an option for you, you might check with your Vet, and see if there may be a need for an aspirin or other anesthetic supplement to her diet. The idea being that "some" activity will be better for her than just laying around.

Many of us here know exactly what you're going through, and our hearts go out to you.


Becca answered on 1/25/14. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Guest

What you have is a mature dog. Dogs seem to grow up so fast, starting out as tiny puppies and maturing into the most faithful of friends a person can have.

With age, maturity is developed, but it also slowly takes a toll on the body. Over time, joints experience wear, hearing softens, and even fur seems to take on a touch of grey.

Taking care of your aging dog is better for the both of you when you start as early as possible. A healthy and active lifestyle starts in their youth and its effects carry on into their senior years. Just remember the most important tip of all: Give them plenty of love and attention because that’s all they really want.


Member 1166037 answered on 1/26/14. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer