Dog having issues & is older, is her "time" coming?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
1234 posts
Bumble bee

I would agree with your vet. Our dog is around 10 and around a year ago he started having the peeing issue; we have to get up once or twice a night to let him out. He’s starting to have issues with stuff like jumping on the bed (his eye sight is fine though) and is having more issues with stuff like ear infections and a problem with the skin on his back, but with the right medication, diet, and non-strenuous exercise, we really expect to have him around for several more years. He still loves playing and going for car rides and still has energy, we just have to adjust our routine a little. A dog isn’t necssarily going to randomly get cancer and pass within 6 months; it is very possible that your dog could have another five years in her. 

Post # 4
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m so sorry you’re going through this– I know how hard it is. It sounds like you trust your vet– she is probably just aging. The unexplainable whimpering could be due to joint pain. Ask your vet about little chews you can buy to help with the joint pain so common in older dogs. I’ve really seen it help my pets but I can’t remember the name at the moment.


Such a sad situation– I’m sending you lots of good vibes! It will all be okay. Sounds like you’re a wonderful dog mommy and that’s just what your baby needs.

Post # 6
1234 posts
Bumble bee

@canthugallcats:  If she is in pain, it could be something that can be easily managed. She’s an old dog, and eventually older dogs get aches and pains. It may be as simple as over the counter pain meds to manage it. If she’s having issues getting up and down, it could be just stiff joints. You could ask your vet. 

Post # 7
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Assuming if they did blood tests that they tested for cancer? besides possibly being that, I’d say she probably is just going senile. when it IS her time, you will know 100% that she’s had enough. So sorry she’s not doing well!!

Post # 8
795 posts
Busy bee

All great advice from other bees. Here’s what I have to add, having been through this way too many times. Never pass up an opportunity to give her extra attention. When I knew my cat was sick, I made it a point to stop and give her love, regardless how busy/in a hurry I was. Make arrangements now, because it will hurt even worse if you have to make decisions when she passes. My vet was wonderful, and they do not charge for euthanasia for their patients. If you wanted it to happen at home, which I strongly advise, they only charge $25 for a house call. I hope everyone can find a vet like that. Regardless, pay for everything in advance. We had my kitty cremated and chose a biodegradable urn that you could plant and flowers will grow from it.  Also, have someone else pick it up when ready if you can. I’m sorry if this is depressing advice, but hopefully it will help you when that time does come. You’re in my thoughts, and I hope you have many more months/years with your girl. Saying goodbye sucks so bad, but it also helped me to think of it this way; when a pet dies from old age, it’s a true success story. They made it, they lived a long life with you to love them for all of it. They were never abandoned, hit by a car, or any other tragedy. I’m so sorry, big (((hugs)))  

Post # 9
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Has she been on meds for urinary incontinence?  They don’t always help, but it’s worth a try.

Post # 10
1420 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m sorry you’re going through this.

Personally, I wouldn’t put my dog to sleep due to the issue of it peeing in the house. I would limit what areas he/she was in when I wasn’t home, maybe to a room that had a tile floor and put a bed and toys in there. This coming from someone who keeps a an extremely tidy home. 

My dog is almost 15 and he has a lot of the same problems as your dog but at the end of the day he is still a happy dog. He can’t jump on the furniture like he used to, so we got him some extra beds or we pick him up. He does sometimes trip when going up the stairs/walking but it’s not all the time and part of me thinks it’s because his mind wants him to move faster than his little body can. He’s going deaf and and I do think his vision is a little blurry but we just try to use hand signals more and are a little more patient when giving him commands. 

I just went with my parents to put the family dog down last month, it was my first time experiencing anything like this. I think when the time comes there will be no question. When my fam’s dog was put to sleep the condition/pain was very sudden and it was very obvious after the vet visit there was nothing that really could be done to help him and his life would have been miserable.

Post # 11
5763 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think you really need to talk to your vet about this, and get their honest opinion on her current quality of life and what medications and routines might make it more likely for her to enjoy a few more years with you.

The falling while walking thing may be a combination of arthritis and a strain of some sort; you may want to ask them to check her for arthritis and you’ll probably need to alter your routines. No more jumping into the car, keep her to shorter walks, etc.  Pain medication might help as well.

But really no one can tell for sure and all you can do is get as much detail as possible from your vet.

Post # 12
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@canthugallcats:  Shaking as though she’s terrified, for “no reason”

Is this coupled with peeing in the house?  Maybe she is having mild strokes or seizures.  Those are really difficult and expensive to diagnose though.

It sounds like your dogs quality of life is still pretty high in comparison to her issues and that most are normal age-related problems you would expect from an older dog.  I would definitely talk to your vet about anything you can give her as far as medications or supplements that may be able to improve her current quality of life.  Glucosamine is a great start!

Post # 13
351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@canthugallcats:  oh man, I know what you mean about the energy level. dogs are incredible creatures and they are resiliant regardless of what their situation is.

My Kaiser, who crossed raindow bridge, had an awful cancer that came quick and affected his vision and breathing…but regardless, you would never know he was in terrible discomfort because he would run, jump, and look happy. He eventually worsened and his quality of life detriorated and I knew it was time.

You baby really just sounds like signs of aging. The incontinence an loosing vision are for sure a pretty common things that happen to older fur babies.

One thing that I thought about that could also help with the whinning (I also think it can be joint pain/arthritis) it investing in 1) a heated blanket to lay on their bed (the heat helps sore joints) and 2) an orthopedic bed …. I had a friend with an old german sheperd and he had trouble getting up when called. he bought his pup a orthopedic bed and his dog would seriously not move. he was sooooo comfortable and relaxed.


Hope this helps.

Post # 14
373 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I worked at a vet for years. We always told people they may need to start thinking about putting their pet down if they arent eating, arent drinking, and are not enjoying life. It sounds like your dog is just aging. Dogs get arthritis, this may be contributing to the “shaking and whining”. Ask your vet what they think about some arhritis meds. Enjoy your time with him. 

Post # 15
4494 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I would say if she still has a good quality of life, enjoy having her around, but she is getting older, and you might need to start preparing yourself.  Dogs tend to be pretty stoic and are good at hiding what ails them.  If they have something serious like a brain tumor or cancer, they usually start showing signs when their conditions are seriously advanced. At that point there’s not much you can do except love them and put them down if they’re in too much pain.


I’m sorry you have to think about this right now.  Just enjoy the time you have with your wonderful doggy.

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