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Should a dog be put to sleep just because it suddenly started having seizures?

Our dog is around 16 years old. She does have a tumor on her back leg. She had a heat stroke few weeks ago accompanied by a seizure. She was ok for a while, then she had a seizure today and yesterday. It's still warm out, but not hot as it was. Anyway, my dad said he thinks before winter, she needs to just be put to sleep because she's suffering. I told him not to do that. Seizures aren't necessarily painful.
My commitment to my animal friends is to make them as comfy as possible until they are suffering too much, or I have reached the limit of my capabilities. That can be different for people.

I know of people that have pets with special needs (we just took care of someone's cat that needed insulin shots daily). I would think that with medication, the seizures could be controlled, and she could live a happy life.
Seizures later in life are better than throughout life.

Have her checked out.

There are some very effective prevantative drugs (Keppra is very safe).

Get her seen by some person who isn't a farm vet.
exexec · 61-69, C
My vet would say that dog's quality of life should be the main concern. I have had to make that awful decision twice in the past two years, but I knew it was time to let them go. It hurts so bad.
beaglehunter · 70-79, M
@exexec i know your feeling i had an 18year old beagle and had to have him put came to house gave her the shot and went right to sleep in my arms and less than a miniut no heart beat.he is burried right beside my bottom it have a good cry and burry the dog where you can see the spot every day.its ok to cry and to tell him how bad you miss him i know the feeling.SO SOREY but thats the right thing to do for the dog
Is she allowed inside the house?
She needs to be in a cooler environment if it’s hot outside and she needs lots of water available at all times.
Seizures may not be painful but they are dangerous if they happen when she is vulnerable, on the stairs, near a steam or when she’s not in sight of someone who can help her if it escalates into something debilitating.

I would suggest a vet visit.,
I only consider putting down a pet as a last resort or if they’re clearly suffering
SubstantialKick · 31-35, M
Only if there are no other possible options. I would get some advice from a veterinarian as step one.
Lilymoon · F
Why can't you put her in the house where it's cooler? 🤦‍♀️
swandfriends · 41-45, F
We did back when it was extremely hot. If it's kinda hot out, I spray her with water. She usually lays in the shade
GlitterEater · 36-40, F
No, unless it is totally destroying their quality of life.
beaglehunter · 70-79, M
no it should be taken to a vet
What is the dog's overall quality of life like??? When it comes to this decision, you have to step back and look at the bigger picture.
swandfriends · 41-45, F
Other than the seizures, she seems ok
olderuncle944 · 70-79, M
@swandfriends see a vet and get eds they sweat because there temp goes up when there in a seizure use a cold cloth nd put it on there feek doges sweat thru there feet . and see a vet asap.
Have you seen a vet about the seizures as they may give your dog something to help. Does your dog stay and live outside and if so why?
swandfriends · 41-45, F
My parents don't want to bother with taking her to the vet since she's old, doesn't want to spend money on it. I would, but I'm currently not working. She was a stray that showed up 15 years ago. Any dog they have ever had has been an outdoor dog. My dad built a pretty good size kennel like 35-40 years ago for his coon hounds. This dog likes to be outside though and is only willing to go in there to eating
496sbc · 36-40, M
I would never put the pup to sleep. Always be with them. Till the end. My ginger a red rex rabbit. Passed in march. It was sad to see her die
Sojournersoul · 100+, M
If you dog has no quality of life then yes. If not wait until that point, you dont want them to suffer.
Blondily · F
What does the vet say about it?
I wouldn't do it unless the vet advices you to.
pdockal · 56-60, M
All depends on her quality of life and if meds help her

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