15.5 year old pug, she has chronic diarrhea, difficulty standing, and is sometimes incontinent. She has been losing weight for a while now, and her spine and ribs are quite visible. She was always a very lively dog (in a good way), and is refusing treats and very lethargic. We think it might be time to let her go.
Pet's Sex: FemalePet's Age: >12
We give her Pepto Bismol on a daily basis, as recommended by our vet. We also give her a charcoal based treat designed to eliminate tartar on her teeth, but it has solidified her stools in the past. We feed her Innova super senior dog food and have for years.
Hi and welcome to Just Answer!I have a few questions so that I may better help you:Is she eating food at all? Is there any vomiting?
She is eating, but not as much as she used to, she is far more interested in the Cheerios, carrots, peas, and black beans my son is throwing on the ground. However, her inability to control her bowls has been going on for almost a year now and he's only 9 months. She is not vomiting, I am concerned because her age is so advanced and she seems to be losing interest in life in general. In the past week she has stopped following us around the house and just stopped refusing treats. Her diarrhea is making our house unsanitary and we would like it to end immediately!
Well, she is very old and it does sound like she is losing her lust for life. Especially when there are young children involved, then you do need to worry about the sanitation aspects of the diarrhea. If you no longer think that she is happy, then it may be time to put her to sleep. The pepto helps a bit with the diarrhea but it won't get rid of it altogther. You could try immodium but I feel that it binds small dogs up too much and then can lead to vomiting. 15 1/2 years is a very long life for a pug. You have definitely done a good job in order to get her to live this long! In the end it is difficult to make a choice, but you would not want her to be unhappy. If you were to choose to have her euthanized I would totally support your decision.Dr. P
10 years small animal private practice & emergency.