Aging Coton in health decline
I have a Coton that I rescued from a shelter when he was 10 yrs old. Needless to say, I adore him. He is approaching 15 years old.
His health is deteriorating. He is having trouble walking, cannot get up or down stairs. If he falls, he often cannot get back up. At night he pants and had trouble calming down to get to sleep. I have taken him to the vet for a complete physical to see if there is anything internal that may be causing him to suffer. There were were no obvious signs (other than typical aging) of illness or conditions that may be causing his decline.
I am focused on his quality of life and am giving him pain medication to keep him comfortable. I asked my vet to help me decide when it is time to let him go but she, being an animal lover, said this was the hardest advice to give.
He is eating ok.
Has anyone been at this painful crossroads who may be able to offer me some advice?
I don’t want him to suffer but I also can’t imagine life without him. At what point do you make the decision?!
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