First of all I'm sorry my second only post on here has to be so sad but I wanted some other dog lover's opinions.
I posted a while ago about my 5 yr old lab, Holly. She had what the vet called a doggie cold and ear infection back in early Jan. Sadly it appears there was something much worse going on and, after having been referred to a specialist we have been told Holly has an, as yet, undiagnosed neurological condition which appears to be degenerative.
After having a cough for many weeks she started to stumble occasionally on our tiled floors and gradually over the last 2 months she can now hardly walk at all. She manages to have 2 very short walks (she's manages better on grass) a day. Other than that she lies in one place pretty much the rest of the time. She might move a few feet to change position but that's pretty much it. I hand feed her twice a day which she is still keen to do (she is a lab afterall). Every time she drinks, she brings most of it back up along with half of the food I will have fed her earlier. She is now only 21 kgs and you can feel all her bones.
She was given a test for Neosporosis which came back as a weak positive and has been on antibiotics for a month now and she is on steroids twice a day. Neither appeared to have improved her condition at all. I get the impression from the vet that there is not much more we can do for her. Any further procedures to help diagnose her would be quite traumatic for her and we would only be diagnosing an incurable condition anyway. All the curable one's have been ruled out.
My reason for the post, really, was when should I decide enough is enough. I agonize daily over whether her quality of life is good enough to keep holding on to her. Sometimes I think I'm being selfish because I don't want to watch her deteriorate anymore, then other times I think I'm being selfish not letting her go. I just don't know what to do. I know it is obviously my decision to make but I just wondered what other people thought, or have done in similar situations.
Thanks for listening