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1) When was a full panel of blood work AND thyroid panel last run on your companion? 2) When was he checked for worms? 3) Is he drinking a high volume of water, too?
To know if it's time to euthanize, your best bet is going to lay in diagnostics. At this age, we can see hyperthyroidism, kidney disease, diabetes, etc. as cause for the symptoms you're seeing. End-stage kidney failure, for example, is not often effectively treated for long-term care but diabetes and hyperthyroidism can be treated and the pet can get years added on to the end of their life. I would not euthanized needlessly without knowing precisely what is causing the weight loss, high volume of water consumption, etc.More info here:Kidney disease: http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/Health_Information/kidneydisease.cfmDiabetes: http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/Health_Information/brochure_diabetes.cfmHyperthyroidism: http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/Health_Information/brochure_hyperthyroid.cfm
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