My dog (boxer mix) is suffering from arthritis. She is my kids childhood dog. They are 17 my dog is 10. She limps around and is obviously in pain. I've spent a lot of money on my dog at least $6,ooo (conservitavely) on vets. She had ACL surgery and therapy that incluced Accupuncture, physical therapy, aqua and therapy and massage about 2 years ago, that really helped. Before then I was carrying her outside to go potty. She's also had surgery since then to remove a cancerous tumor. Now she's limping around again. She get's fish oil, glucocamine and pain killers to help her.
Now i'm facing another massive vets bill to deal with her arthritis. I could afford another 2 grand, but it would mean tightening our belts. I just feel that spending that kind of money on an $80 rescue is throwing good money after bad. On the other hand, she's my kids childhood dog.
I'm so torn. What would you do? Just keep her on pain pills? Put her down? Any one know any good method for arthritic dogs. I feel awful. Help!
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Answer by nuvetmarie at 9:20 AM on Dec. 9, 2010
Answer by tracy0812 at 5:18 AM on Dec. 9, 2010
Answer by KyliesMom5 at 6:03 AM on Dec. 9, 2010
Honestly, I am telling you as a vet tech and a pet owner, I would put her down. That breed of dog usually has a lifespan of 8 years. You have been blessed with 2 more years. I know it will be hard but I know you don't want her suffer either. Good luck to you and talk to your kids about the situation. My sister and I had to put down our ol dog. she was about 18 years old nd we had her for 16 years. She was older than my sister and full of life!! Arthritis got her too (black lab), It got to the point to where it was hard for her to get up and around. It was the hardest decision we ever had to make, but we loved her so much we didn't want her to suffer. We called the vet and she came over to our house and we buried Kitty Dog under her favorite tree.
Answer by Conley639 at 10:20 AM on Dec. 9, 2010
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 12:49 PM on Dec. 9, 2010