A: If Daisy eats, walks and enjoys, it is not time for her to die. Dogs teach us to live in the moment, so learn your lessons. Let Daisy enjoy her well-earned senescence and flower in her dotage. Dog Lady has a similar senior canine citizen — a 12-year-old that will be 13 in July. Sometimes he’s spry; sometimes he slips while jumping into the car. When he stumbles, the heart aches, but the show must go on.
What you are now experiencing is the hardest part of having a dog. They age quickly, the years go by in a tumble and before you know it, they slip getting into the car or struggle to rise up off the floor, or look at you with wise eyes milky from cataracts.
As long as your dog shows all the signs to keep going, leave her alone and allow her to have her senior moments. Make sure Daisy has regular veterinarian appointments and special treats — bones, bully sticks, tennis balls, whatever turns her on — along the way. Ask your veterinarian about the impending signs of death. Dog Lady would rather not dwell on these, preferring to think our dogs have miles to go before they sleep.
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