Deciding if it's time...
Hello everyone, I've been reading this forum for a while and am impressed with the knowledge and compassion here.
I have a 14+ year old Shiba Inu who looks like he's on his last legs. It's so hard to know what to do. He's slowly gone heard of hearing and partially blind. He has arthritis in his hips and seems to "blank out" occasionally. His tail won't stay up in a curl anymore. Last summer, he went into a sudden liver failure and almost died, but 3 days of iv hydration turned him around.
Last night he blanked out, and didn't snap out of it for a long time. Then he threw up some foamy white w/grass pieces. Now it seems like his back legs are so weak he can only take a few steps before sinking to the floor.
To tell the truth, I didn't think he would make it through the night, so we slept on the floor as I cried my eyes out. Today, he looks a little better and I'm giving him small syringes of water every 1/2 hour to try to keep him hydrated. He won't eat or drink.
I'm not asking for a diagnosis, just some guidance as I go to the vet tomorrow. I don't want to rack up huge vet bills for a poor, short quality of life. I'm also afraid of feeling like a murderer ~ I'm leaning toward putting him down ~ even though it rips my heart out.
Sorry this is long, but I know you guys will understand.
Wish us luck.