I have a 17 year old mix terrier breed dog, her name is Tach. She has been the best dog I have ever had, loved to hike, go on road trips and just the best personality. She has had health problems for 7 or so years, heart problems and coughing. With meds she has been as good as can be expected. She still loves to eat, but has not gone on walks for over a year or so, she cant see much her eyes are both cloudy, she pees and poops in the house, but can still walk outside to do her duty, but is often disoriented. Her one love is food. I love her dearly, yet she is a handful. Me and my partner don't get much sleep due to the 2am coughing and needing to go pody. She has become more fragile as the months go by but there is still alot of life in her, or so I think. She sleeps most of the day.
I just don't know what to do? I don't want to put her down before it's her time but at the same time she isn't going to get any better. She has good days and bad...sometimes she gets so disoriented I have to physically take her outside and bring her in so she doesn't wonder off. Other times she is just fine. I don't want to put my needs before hers, however , the pooping and urinating in the house is becoming much more frequent. I work 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off in a remote location , so my partner has been so wonderful in taking care of her, coming home on her lunch breaks to let her out and clean up after her. Due to her coughing, my partner doesn't get much sleep often getting up at 2am to let her out and then at 4am to feed her. I do the same thing when I am at home.
I have cried on and off for months now struggline to know when the time is right and wanting to do the right thing and not let my needs play into the picture. ANY ADVISE WOULD BE WELCOMED. Thanks!!!!!