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Hi. my name is Charlotte. I really don't want to ask this. I have had a small poodle for 16 years. I got him when he was 5 weeks old. He has been my constant companion and has gotten me through many dark painful nights, including a long bout with shingles and the sudden dearh of my husband in the miiddle of the night. He is the sweetest, most humble little creature I've ever seen. My problem? He is both deaf and blind. However, Vet says that his heart is excellent and he seems to be healthy. He can find me anywhere in the house and he starts barking when he hears my car pull up. Strange that he hears that but nothing elsee. He wakes np in the middle of the night for water or to go outside. Now. I have had several people tell me that I should let him go, put him down. They say I am being selfish by forcing him to live in a dark lonely world. Am I? Is he miserable? He doesn't seem to be but how do I know?
Please I need advice from some one was exoerienced this.
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@Charlie1941 how wonderful that your furry friend is enjoying life at 16. @Minie shared the link I was going to suggest - thank you, Minie! - because you and you alone know your dog well enough to assess quality of life. Your well-meaning friends may be projecting how they would feel if they were deaf and blind - for dogs, the primary sense they use is smell, not vision or sound. I've had several dogs who went deaf late in life and one who had very little sight in one eye and lost the other - all of those dogs did great, as it sounds like your guy is doing. If he can find you in the house, knows when you get home, and is still living a good life, then celebrate that with him every day.

Atlanta Kennel Club's guest speaker this month was a veterinarian who specializes in hospice care for pets. She recommended the link posted above by Minie, and also suggested making a list of all the things your pet really enjoys and make those happen as much as you can in his old age. That way you'll know you gave him a great life, right up to the end. Through the years I've had to make the decision to euthanize many dogs, and each one has been perfectly clear with me, telling me in their own way that they were ready to go. Our hearts know - you'll know, and from what you've written, it doesn't sound like "today" is what your little man is telling you. 🐾💖🐾
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