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cheyenne is now 15 year goldendoodle .  Until recently was a therapy/service dog and loved every minute of it.  Last Year he showed a weakness in his hind end.  difficulty getting up, etc.  had a CT which showed problems with spine and arthritis .  He is on meloxidyl, amantldine, gabapentin and I have jus started CBD which seems to help...a bit he was on thyroid but vet & I decided to stop it.  His weight has also dropped to 67 pounds.  originally he was 98  losing his fur I realize he is very old for a big dog but he eats, drinks and does his duties very well.  It  breaks my heart to see him try to sit and then get up no more stairs .  I do believe he is also losing his sight and he no longer answers to my calls...hearing problem too,  When he coms to me and looks into eyes I swear he is telling me he does not feel well then he goes and sleeps. 

We contine to give his lots of TLC and a few very short walks when he can beginning to wonder if it is fair to him to let him continue on.

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Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on November 9, 2019 at 1:31pm

Oh! 67! That's good! I'm guessing you had a lot of higher scores and then a couple of areas where he was a bit low. The foot pads were a great idea and you are correct, all you can do is keep a close watch. Just the fact that you are asking and questioning shows that you are paying close attention and I think that you are so attuned to Chy that you will probably know when it is time and he is ready. Hugs to you all; enjoy each day. 

Comment by Gloria on November 9, 2019 at 10:59am

thans CI our Chy and I score a high 67.  Main problem is his spine disk problem which will only get worse.  am looking into a lift brace with handles to help when needed both for him and us but am holding off as most  of the time with some effort  he gets up on his own.  Have added pads to his feet which help.  we have the pain level controlled  he seems to move much better will just have to make him as comfortable and happy as we can.

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on November 9, 2019 at 9:56am

Hi Gloria - I am so sorry you are having to think about this question. It's the final gift we sometimes are faced with giving our 4-leg kids and it's the toughest one to give. As others have said, it's very personal and there isn't one clear answer. Something that is often shared within the wolfhound community is, Better a day too soon than a day too late. I think that is true but it's still hard to know when. I'm not sure how helpful this may be, and I am not sure you will even want to use it, but I am attaching a link for a Quality of Life Scale. This is also taken from the wolfhound community. I am sure you will do what is best for your boy. Wishing you and Cheyenne  days of happiness and love.

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on November 7, 2019 at 6:32pm

Glad to hear the CBD seems to be helping.  That's wonderful news!

Comment by Gloria on October 31, 2019 at 7:09pm

Thanks DonMarie and Jan.  Today was a good day.  we were out walking and then he stopped.  we turned around and the Old Guy started to prance all the way home something he has not be doing.....Thnik the CBD might be kicking in.  

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on October 31, 2019 at 9:18am

So sorry to hear.  I'm sure you had a wonderful life with Cheyenne.  I think the amount of pain he has would determine what to do. It's such a personal decision.

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on October 30, 2019 at 8:21pm

I am so very sorry to read that Cheyenne is feeling his age.

This is one of the hardest things we go through as pet owners.  I've been there, twice.  What I can say is there is no easy answer, but that you know your dog best.  Do what you feel is best, and know that your dog knows you love him.


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