After a call today from my Vet that a neighbor called them that my dog once again got through a window, this time closed, and was found a half a mile down the road at the town beach–I must now make a serious decision about him. This is the fourth time he has broken through a window to get out, a new and strange behavior. Each time he comes home more and more disabled and closer and closer to death.
I have spoken to both vets at my office, one my dear friend, and they both seem to feel it’s some kind of mental/emotional/anxiety behavior coming on in his old age. It could be a brain tumor, but there would be no way to know and there has been no other indication besides this jumping out of windows.
Today he had to climb on a table and push open a very difficult window to open. Once again I feel awful because I did not lock it thinking there is no way he could possibly do such a feat, especially given he is still recovering from his last episode. But indeed he did!
I’m told dogs have jumped out of two-story windows at such times. Now I’m hearing all sorts of horrid tales of peculiar behaviors as dogs age. But I personally have never experienced such things in my older dogs.
It has always been a simple–not easy–but clear-cut choices to get to the point where it is time to put an animal down. They have had cancer, respiratory issues or are near to death in other physical ways. But this is the first situation where I must decide if a mental situation warrants suffering.
Certainly whatever is spurring him on has become a physical situation as now he can barely walk, has cuts and sores all over him, has cuts on his eyes and a myriad of other difficulties.
But just when I think it’s time, he rallies…starts eating and going to the bathroom again. Then boom: out the next window! We discussed medicating him or crating him, but would that be quality of life for an old dog?
My vet said to give it the weekend, see how he fairs from this jaunt. I’ve asked my dog to tell me what he wants. The vet says they never die on their own–of course. So it will most likely be up to me to glean from him what’s best. I’m only hoping I will know when it’s time.