Today's post is a hard one. I apologize if it's too much of a downer, but I need your advice.
You've heard me talk about our deaf and blind shih tzu before. She'll be 16 this year and she's not doing well at all. She's had a couple of strokes in the last year that's left her "altered". Her manners are a thing of the past, she can't see, she can't hear, she's frail and not eating much. About all she has going for her is a sense of smell. Occasionally, she will whine when trying to get comfortable at night, but for the most part, she doesn't act as though she's in pain.
I talked with the vet's office about our options. It's such a hard decision. Have any of you ever made the decision to put your animal to sleep? How did you come to that decision? I certainly don't want Nocchi to suffer, but I don't want to put her down too early, either. The vet said we all want our animals to die naturally, but the truth is 99% of us have to put them to sleep.
Any words of wisdom that you can give me before we make our decision would be greatly appreciated. By the way, the dog in the picture is not our dog. I couldn't bring myself to put her picture up there.