How to make the decision
When is it time to put a dog to sleep? And do I have that moral right? These are the two questions I have been fretting for weeks now. I have a 15 year old small mixed breed. Sam has a fatty tumor on his left side which Vet says is not causing pain or restricting movements and an operation at his age is not a good idea. The past year this dog has forgotten he is housebroken so I have put gates up to keep him in tiled areas away from carpet. When he sleeps he moans and cries and wimpers. I get up and check him and he is sound asleep. Vet says dogs don't need their eyes but this one isn't doing good blind. Often he barks and barks and I check and see he can't find his way to his bed. He seems to just wander slowly around until he gets to where he can't find his bed again. I tried putting him in a crate at night to stop his wandering but he goes to the bathroom there. He walks into walls and on a leash he is leary about moving forward, needing tugged and called and reassured every step. The last time I last time I took him to the groomers he went sort of crazy in the tub banging his head running into the sides and tried to nip the groomer when she went around his eyes. This is not usual behavior, he used to stand quietly and be groomed and acted all prissy at looking fancy. He has to be groomed about every 6 to 8 weeks because his fur grows so fast and would mat up without a regular cut. I can't wrap my mind around putting him to sleep. I feel guilty even thinking about it telling myself I just don't want the bother of an elderly dog. I secretly hope he will go in his sleep. If not now, then in the future how do I manage to make this decision? He has a vet appointment today but other than being confused and blind and unhappy I don't feel he has pain.