Congestive heart failure in dogs; when is it time to euthenize?
Hi, I hope you can give me some advise. My dog (toby) of 15 years old has congestive heart failure. I took him first with his vet and make him an echocardiogram and found out that he has two murmur and a pulmonar edema. The vet prescribed him furosemide and enapril, and after 6 months he increased his medication because of his condition (my dog is also taking metacam for his spine, omeprazol for his tummy and metamucil for digestion). He was doing great but right now he caughs a lot almost to the point of not sleeping at all and neither do I (which is not very important at this moment). I was desperate so I took him to a new vet and they told me that I should do another echo so i did, and they prescribed him exactly the same dosis and told me that there is no other thing I can do, so I came back to his original vet. I told him that my family and I have decided to put him down and he desagreed with me and other vets agree with me.
I 've been having several doubts because some days toby is pretty ok and he eats normal and run like a puppy, and other days I can see that he simply dont wanna live anymore. I don´t know if I should wait a little bit more because I may regret my decision.
How do I know if he is in pain and if it is time to end his life humanely?
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