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1) When did these symptoms begin, JACustomer?2) Did she have any exertion today? Too much playing? Out in the heat for an extended period of time?3) Do you notice any distention to her abdomen?4) Any diarrhea?
We can expect a dog of her age to be slowing down and if she's not already on arthritis medication, arthritis could certainly play a role in that.However, we must look at her symptoms right now. If she has a bloated abdomen and she's vomiting, this is reason for great concern and she needs to be examined this evening. She could potentially be in the throes of a medical anomaly known as gastric dilatation volvulus which is absolutely a medical emergency that cannot wait for morning.To answer your question specific to this concern, if her life is going to be greatly shortened or the quality of life lessened because of how she's feeling now--it's time to put her down. However, if she's unwell and can easily be helped, then doing so would be recommended. Her quality of life is what this comes down to.I typically recommend that owners think back to when their dogs were young. I then recommend choosing 10 things that the dog loved to do like eating, car rides, playing fetch, etc. When you consider her now, if you're down to only 5 things from that list that she can do you need to consider euthanasia. When you're down to 2-3 on the list, it's time.
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Good morning, JACustomer. How is your girl feeling today?