As my fellow blogger so eloquently wrote in her blog last month,
ref: Right = Wrong by SparksFromACombustibleMind
Pet parents have to make some tough choices when it comes to their animals. When one is fostering an older dog, the decisions become harder when it comes to euthanasia as one is not the pet parent, and one does not always have the complete story with regard to an animal’s health.
In my current situation, a friend has become unable to care for herself. As the friend has deteriorated, so have her pets. One animal is a miniature pincher, 10 years old, and 2 pounds overweight. The other is a cocker spaniel, 15 years old, and approximately 6 pounds (or more) under weight.
I’ve been doing a lot of reading about the breed, trying to figure out where the euthanasia line may be.
Keri Jo is lost without her owner and without her companion, the min pin. Keri Jo is also skin and bones, being at least 4 pounds under weight from her last vet visit in 2016, when she weighed 18 pounds. When looking at the measurements for cocker spaniels as a whole, however, it seems even more ominous that she is only 14 pounds when they can run as high as 30 lbs and still be healthy and not overweight.
Keri Jo is blind, requiring 3 different eye ointments over a period of 45 minutes, a minimum of twice per day.
Add into the situation the fact that my Park management has informed me that she cannot be walked at night because our Park doesn’t have sidewalks (like that’s relevant in a private park), and the quality of her life is challenged because she can neither go out to relieve herself, and also hates the eye ointment treatments. It’s just sad across the board.
While the owner may be able to talk her way out of protective care (I’ll write more about that in a separate post), I have begun the conversation with C (the owner), that Keri Jo is doing fine, but is old and tired, and not happy with the eye treatments.
While I would like to find a way to re-home her where she will have better quality of life, I really wonder if that is possible given her blindness and age. If she was my dog, I would put her down because it’s kinder.
The owner, however, is a pet-must-be-saved-at-any-price (even if she doesn’t have funds to take care of herself), so it’s an unproductive conversation to have with her from the get go.
When I first told her the initial information from the vet, the friend began talking about getting a second opinion about the dog’s eyes, completely forgetting the fact that she was not paying for the dogs care, and the fact that I told her a few years back that I believed people came before pets when it came to dealing with survival priorities.
Frankly, I wish I could euthanize them both (more on that in the other blog post), but it’s not my decision to make.
At this point, I’m trying my best to keep the dog alive in the hope that it will find a better home than mine, but it’s a rough situation. Time will tell what the best answer will be for the dog and the people involved.