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My MIL’s dog has constant health problems and is very old. Why doesn’t she just have him put to sleep?

My mother-in-law has an old chihuahua that has constant health problems like a pinched nerve in his back, seizures, constant pain, and has recently become lethargic and won’t eat. He is about 16 or 17 years old. Wouldn’t it be more humane to have him put down as opposed to rushing him to the vet several times a month?

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  • 2 months ago

    Depends on whether he's in pain or not. But how is this YOUR business?

    • It’s my business because she calls my husband all the time to take her stupid dog back and forth to the vet! She has made it my business!

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  • Ocimom
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Yes it would.  But your MIL is the one that has to make that decision.  As long as she has the money to pay for vet bills, then its up to her when she puts him down.

    • The vet bills may be up to her, but it still is a waste of our time and money driving her back and forth! She has dementia...she can’t drive anymore!

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  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    That is for your MIL and her vet to decide, not you

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The dog is dying. Lethargic & no appetite means heart failure. The dog is suffering. It only has weeks to go a painful death.

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  • 2 months ago

    Yes it would..............

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  • 2 months ago

    This is a very difficult decision to make. Really it's up to your MiL and the Vet she uses to come to a decision

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  • 2 months ago

    I happen to believe that as a dog gets older, it's all about quality of life.   If your MIL's dog has a pinched nerve and so 'constant pain', then he's unlikely to be enjoying life any longer.    BUT he's your MILs dog so it's going to be her decision to make even if you could have a quiet word re her dog's 'quality of life'.   It's a hard decision for anybody to make.

    ps   When one of mine, with various age-related problems, stops eating, then I KNOW it's time to give peace - we never allowed 'lingering'.

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  • 2 months ago

    If the dog is not in pain, why kill him.  Would you like to be killed just because you are old and have a few health issues?  I realize you said "constant pain" but, is the dog whimpering or just moving slowly and you "think" it is in pain.  Watch the dog for a while and if you really think it is in terrible pain, then you can always suggest that putting it down might be the best thing to do.  Being a pet owner myself, we don't want to let our pets go.  We think we have a moral duty to make the pet as comfortable as possible and let nature take its course.  Unless it is in agony, I would not put down a pet.  Not anymore than a human being.

    • Verulam 1
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      If the dog has a pinched nerve, having suffered from this myself, I know how much pain this can cause.   At least we don't have to allow lingering!!

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  • patty
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    she must be very attached to it.if she wants to pay for vet bills then its up to her

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  • Carson
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    I think so. I don't own the dog. Nor do you. Keep your peace.

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