My parents have had Cricket, the springer spaniel for 14 years now..... She is getting quite old. My mom & dad say she is not doing well, and IMO I believe they should put her to sleep. Within the last 2 years, she's had surgery on both knees I guess just recently her spine has gone out. She lays down & can't get up on her own anymore..... I guess if she tries, her legs spread farther & farther apart. She also poops when she's laying like that. They even take her to a dog chiropractor! I guess since March she has gone from weighing over 45 lbs to 32 lbs. They took her to the vet's office & they think she has a liver illness. The vet thinks she is critically ill. They want to do surgery, but my parents don't want to because of her age. My mom was saying the most she will do is the x-ray to see if there is a mass on her liver. I asked my dad if they have taken her to another vet for a 2nd opinion, and of course, he said no Anyways, my mom and dad dont think she is suffering, but I think she is ...... just because she is alert doesnt mean she isnt suffering. What would you do?
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7/10/02 at 3:06pm