14-y-o schnauzer in decline

by Amy

My schnauzer is 14. I believe has doggie dementia but has steadily declined with this cold winter weather. She doesn’t hear anymore. Only high pitches whistle or a clap. She has lost interest in eating and no longer greets me at the door. She use to never leave my side, but find she retreats to the bathroom carpet more and more almost to get away. She’s falling,losing balance on the ice as well as hard wood floors which are now co weed in carpets and blankets. I am struggling with knowing if it’s the right time to put her down ~ I just don’t want to if she’s not ready 🙈 Any advice? From other senior dog parents ?

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Feb 28, 2019
Been there
by: Lynda

Eleven months ago today i had my 16yo mini put down for all the same reasons. He too had gone deaf, had dementia and stopped caring anything abut me or life in general. Even though he loved his walks and would rouse to go out, within a few houss down the street he would put on the brakes and want to come home. My vet kept saying he still had plenty of life in him, but an owner knows best and an extremely bad episode of vestibular disease on Easter Saturday made the decision for me very clear. I miss him terribly every day. Those beautiful minis leave a massive hole in your heart when they go. I am finally ready to get another now.

You are his mum and know best. Xx

Jan 18, 2019
hard decision
by: Linda

Amy, we struggled with the same decision with Max last year - in the end he was 13. He also had doggie dementia and it broke my heart to see him staring into space, and he also wasn't too bothered about being near me, whereas he had been my shadow.
We didn't wait too long, but after Max had stopped wanting to go on his walks and was off his food - which he loved, - both of these for a few days- we called the vet and she came and gave him an injection at home - in 2 weeks it will be one year ago.
Our thoughts are with you.

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