I am in a bit of a complicated situation at the moment and would really appreciate any advice you could give me.
I have never owned a dog before, so I dont know much about them. Me and my husband are entering the family business and we have moved into my father-in-laws old house, with which we also 'inherited' a dog named CJ. CJ is half Labrador, half Staffie and about 13-14 years old. He was looked after well in the first 5-6 years, but has been fairly neglected since my in-laws split up about 8-9 years ago. He is still really friendly though and has been taking to me over the last couple of weeks.
He has, I think, been diagnosed with arthritis, anyway he limps badly on his hindlegs and he cant sit, he prefers to just lie down. A lot of the time it looks like he is struggling to stand up, and when he lies down he sometimes just seems to collapse.
He is also going blind and he is sometimes a little confused at night when its dark. I am assuming its got to do that he cant see much at all.
He is also very dirty, has not been washed in years. He hates water and I am scared that if I try to wash him he will maybe freak and suffer a heart attack. (is that likely at all?)
Now my husband and my sister-in-law have been trying to tell my father-in-law that CJ probably needs to be put down but my father-in-law refuses to do so.
So I have this lovely dog that I dont own and I want to do whatever lies in my power to look after him really well.
What can I do for him? Should I try and wash him? Does he need any medicine? I think he's been taken to the vet a few months ago, and apparently he was not in any pain then.
Any advice is much appreciated,