Question: My dog hasn't been doing well, and I'm thinking it may be time. She's eating, but she's been sleeping more over the past year. Puddles, a Shipoo (Shih Tzu and poodle mix) is 17. My kids are devastated and aren't ready, even though our dog is.
Puddles is on pain meds, and has dental problems that we can't do anything about. I'm worried about her quality of life. My vet said, "She's 17. What do you expect?" We're thinking about quality of life. People say your dog will tell you when it's time, but I'm not sure about that. Any advice? — P.M., Minneapolis, MN
Answer: Dr. Alice Villalobos of Hermosa Beach, president of the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics, is an expert on euthanasia issues and pet hospice. In fact, she moderated two roundtable discussions on these issues at the AVMA Convention, in which I was honored to participate.