Hi Dr Andy
Thanks very much for the information. Throughout his lifetime, Rusty has been terrified of storms, so we have tried everything we can - including Rescue Remedy, loud radio, securing him in a safe enclosure (our garage).
His behaviour recently is increasingly getting worse - he has just chewed the stainless steel door handle, and pulled out all the Gyprock/Cladding inside the garage, along with scratch marks on the concrete floor.
He used to just tremble but we have noticed he is just getting worse with his age. It seems as though he is getting a bit of dementia, but I am not even sure that is possible in dogs!
My fear is coming home and he has severely hurt himself or worse.... I am usually home during storms but sometimes that is not always possible. I am no expert but love my dog completely as I do my children, I am concerned his heart may fail!!
My husband and I love him dearly, and have been discussing euthanasia but again we are confused and uncertain as we just want what is best for Rusty. I can't see him getting any better due to his age.
Thanks again for your assistance, we are very upset to be even discussing this but as I said we need to keep Rusty's well being at the forefront of our minds. I might also mention we have 3 small children and would hate him to lash out at them, although he has never displayed any aggression towards them, but he did try to bite me during a storm recently.
Thanks again for your assistance.
Thanks Dr Andy, we will certainly give that some thought. You have been very helpful in this extremely confusing and emotional time. Kind regards Trace