Not a facetious post. Not fun at all. One of my dogs, a black stray now seven years old, has developed Degenerative Myelopathy. She’s maybe a couple of months into it, and can barely walk. Limbs withered. Doubly incontinent (all over the place).
I’ve done the usual internet research and basically, there’s no cure or treatment for this. It’s recommended to “put her to sleep” when her front legs give way and she can no longer get to her feet. Well, okay, I’ve had dogs “put to sleep” in my arms before. But this time it’s different – the one remaining vet in town will not do it, because Buddhist. This is where Buddhism and I part company, but that’s okay, he doesn’t want to take the life of a living creature. And I don’t want her to become something we push food into at one end and clean up the other. That will be a terrible life, no life at all, with all the ensuing problems of being basically paralysed until, presumably, she gives up the ghost. So I’ll have to do it myself. The vet (rather hypocritically, but we’ll let that pass) will sell me the hypo and the fluid. Not something I’m looking forward to. The nearest vet who would “put her to sleep” is an hour’s drive away (for a dog that never leaves the grounds of the house), and this in itself would be very distressing for her. I imagine she’d know. I’d rather she died at home, with us.
So, my question to you is – any advice? Technical hints? Have you done this? Any support welcome.