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warriorwritergirl77This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. posted this thread...
Nov. 30, 2016 at 1:29 am

Hi. So here I am at college and everytime I visit home I notice more and more how my 9 year old pug is suffering in different ways. Her eyesight has basically deteriorated and she keeps getting this weird build up on her eyes that have to constantly get wiped out. I notice how when she gets up she limps a little before stretching. I'm hoping its not arthiritis. I guess its just that and the blindness that really saddens me. I keep hearing my mom saying she wants to put her down but it breaks my heart cuz my dog is still happy. Tbh, as long as there is food she is elated. But I hate how when I call her name she spins around and can't find me with her eyes. It makes me want to cry. I've never put an animal down before so I was wondering when it is the point when euthanasia is the right choice to make?
 
I always believe that it is if the animal will experience pain for the rest of their lives. But is blindness and possibly arthiritis reason enough to put my dog down? Am I just being selfish?

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stuntddude replied...
Dec. 1, 2016 at 9:23 am

I think maybe the biggest downside to living with pets is that they have such short lives compared to humans.
 
I had to make the choice when my cat fell badly ill and I didn't know if he could recover. I remember it felt like whatever I did would be the wrong thing. It's frustrating to see a beloved pet's health decline, gradually or suddenly, and be unable to do anything about it... that's not a position I would wish on anyone. Still, for as long as your pug is happy, I think you should try to be happy for her too, even if she's in bad shape. You obviously want to do the best thing for her, but it's always hard to know what to do in a situation like that. FWIW, I don't think you're being selfish.

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CNBono17 replied...
Dec. 1, 2016 at 9:34 am

We've had to put down two dogs and a cat...but only when it was clear they would not recover from what it was. The cat had a blood clot that cut off use of his back legs--and we didn't realize it was there until he couldn't walk, by which time it was too late. Both dogs would have died anyway, probably quickly, with tumors on their lungs--both were too old to survive surgery. You're not selfish, and I don't think that's reason for it yet, but yeah...there's a fine line.

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Dec. 1, 2016 at 9:57 am

Thanks you two.
I seriously just hate watching animals and people deteriorate before my eyes. It's like this dark feeling of waiting. I felt the same way when my grandmother passed, just watching her wither away until she finally left. Or her sister, my greataunt who I am praying will hang on until I can visit her during break, she hardly looks like the woman I remember. And my little pugger, I keep looking at her puppy pictures, back when she was young and full of life. I hug her so much when I get home cuz its like if she can't see my love at least she can feel it.

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