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Senior Dogs > Time to let go?
Peg (In- Loving- Memory)

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Barked: Mon Nov 5, '12 3:54pm PST 
Made her favorite human food, spaghetti except made it with egg noodles for the extra protein and a little less filler, and with tuna for the omega 3's instead of fatty greasy hamburger which I worry could upset her stomach more in her old age. Made two days worth of it. Since no one else seems to have the inclination to, I've been taking her out to chase a new squeak toy. She wants to play until she drops but I have to stop her because she starts stumbling and shaking.
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Senior Dogs > Time to let go?
Peg (In- Loving- Memory)

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Barked: Mon Nov 5, '12 11:42am PST 
Despite pain meds she has been sleeping a lot more lately and sometimes refusing to play. The past two days she has not even seemed to know where she is, laying around random parts of the house looking pretty miserable. My mother is going to call the veterinarian this week to help her cross so she doesn't suffer. I am trying to be strong, but it's proving to be quite difficult.
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Senior Dogs > Time to let go?

Peg (In- Loving- Memory)

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Barked: Sun Nov 4, '12 10:16am PST 
To give you an idea, my mother's dog Peg is a 16 year old Pharaoh Hound/Pit Bull Terrier mix with both breeds' average life span being 10 - 14 years. In the past year her health has really been deteriorating. It started with really bad arthritis that has been eating away at her muscle tone. Two different veterinarians told us all we can do is keep her on pain management and provide not too strenuous exercise. Even though we've doubled her food intake (she gets wet food, but I also add extra wetted kibble for extra calories), she is beginning to look literally like skin and bones.She has incontinence that keeps getting worse. Her vision and sense of smell have gotten much worse. Once in awhile she will start barking at nothing, and frequently will just stand and stare into the distance at apparently nothing in particular.

My mother is out of town so I've been watching her. Yesterday and now today she has been drinking and urinating excessively despite not having gotten into anything. I just put down a large container of water for them and Peg immediately drank almost all of it in one sitting. I'm pretty sure her kidneys are going.

She spends a good chunk of the day sleeping, but doesn't seem to be in a lot of pain since the pain control meds. Despite letting her out frequently she will lay in the dog beds and just urinate on them. We have tried incontinence pads but she just pulls or chews them off no matter what and is really miserable with them on. The thing that gets me is she still enjoys food, treats, and usually toys (some days she doesn't want to play or will only chew the toys for a few minutes before losing interest). She still likes chasing toys outside a lot of the time.

I'm not really sure what to do. It seems cruel to let her waste away, but neither me nor my mother have literally ever dealt with this situation before. I'm not sure what to tell my mother would be the best thing to do at this point. I know people have said "if they still enjoy the things they used to it's not time", but what if they enjoy it half the time and do not the other half of the time, and they've got all these other medical problems?
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Senior Dogs > Things That Make Your Senior Young Again

Peg (In- Loving- Memory)

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Barked: Sun Nov 4, '12 9:51am PST 
Peg is 16 years old, but she still loves to chase after toys in the yard (pain meds help a lot I think) and she still goes crazy for meaty treats.
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Senior Dogs > Muscle atrophy and arthritis in senior dog

Peg (In- Loving- Memory)

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Barked: Sat Mar 10, '12 7:21pm PST 
First off, we have seen the vet for several medical issues including her former bout with stones and related incontinence. Then we saw yet another vet because her backbone started showing even though she wasn't underweight, and the vet said her weight was perfect but that muscle atrophy has set in around the spine causing it to waste due to arthritis.

Peg is on pain control. I've been giving her supplements for her urinary tract/bladder health and to help prevent future stones. We've put her on a wet food diet for more moisture and hopefully so it's easier for her to digest. She still gets raw now and then but as old as she's gotten she's lost teeth and I'm afraid of giving her raw meaty bones except maybe chicken or turkey necks. She seemed to do fine eating a turkey neck I gave her a few weeks ago.

She still plays, but not as rigorously as before, and not as long. She still seeks out attention and food, and dances around the kitchen excitedly during feedings. She's still very much alive.

But it's hard to see her physically. She's starting to look like a "zombie" because of the atrophy around her main arthritis spots. The vet said there's nothing we can do about it but keep her comfortable. I'm terrified of someone coming over and thinking we're abusing/starving her (far from it, we've increased her food intake to keep meat on her bones and she gets treats too).

Additionally, there is a soft dog bed for both dogs, and we keep the house nice and warm for all the animals. Is there anything more I can do than what we've already been doing? Is anyone else in the situation with an older dog who is starting to look bad but still has a good deal of life in them?
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Food & Nutrition > Would it be okay to give old dog a small spaghetti meal once a week?
Peg (In- Loving- Memory)

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Barked: Wed May 19, '10 12:58pm PST 
Oh it wouldn't be a whole meal, just an add on to her regular diet. I worded it wrong in the title, but once you post it's too late to edit the title. I didn't know about tomatoes aggravating arthritis, I'll have to avoid that then and maybe just go with a meat broth instead of tomatoes; it's a shame, she loves crushed tomatoes. She used to love human spaghetti, we didn't use garlic or onion, on top of her food when she was younger and really seemed to like the tomato paste.
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Food & Nutrition > Would it be okay to give old dog a small spaghetti meal once a week?

Peg (In- Loving- Memory)

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Barked: Tue May 18, '10 4:59pm PST 
I wasn't sure if this should be in the food and nutrition section or this one. Mods feel free to move it if it's not in the right one. My mother's dog Peg is quite old for her breeds, 13 based on the guess the vet's gave us when we adopted her, and she has always loved spaghetti. She doesn't have any food allergies, and I want to do something special for her in her "golden years" since we really have no idea how much time she has left. So I was thinking of making her a small spaghetti dinner consisting of either wheat or rice noodles, ground tomatoes to make a sauce without the spices, and either ground chicken or ground turkey. Would that be alright as a once a week treat in addition to her normal diet?

I don't see the harm in it but wanted to ask in case I missed something.
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Choosing the Right Dog > pharaoh hounds.

Peg (In- Loving- Memory)

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Barked: Mon Apr 26, '10 11:04pm PST 
Peg isn't purebred Pharaoh Hound, but she certainly has what I've heard called some of the classic PH traits such as selective hearing, sensitivity to change, and strong will. The ones I've met have been pretty aloof with strangers but not aggressive.
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Food & Nutrition > How can people do this to their dogs?

Peg (In- Loving- Memory)

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Barked: Tue Apr 13, '10 1:07pm PST 
Yikes, poor dog. Peg used to be on the heavier side when my brother and I were kids since the adults were the only ones who could physically walk her, but nothing like that. I don't know why people think one of the only ways they can show affection is through food.
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Dog Health > Bladder Stones
Peg (In- Loving- Memory)

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Barked: Tue Apr 6, '10 11:36pm PST 
We've been dealing with stones in Peg; she is still on her regular kibble diet, no raw because we're afraid of messing up the calcium and phosphorus ratios, along with antibiotics and she's doing fine. She's still passing the stones. We're giving her Berry Balance and we soak her kibble in water to get more fluids through her system. Increased exercise can help because it can make them want to drink more.
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