I do not think you should wait much longer. My parents had a greyhound that they loved dearly. He started to show signs of arthritis/ degeneration in his spine and they continued to treat him. More steroids, more pain meds. He continued to get worse but because his mind was still strong they couldn't accept it and continued on.
One morning my mother woke up to find him laying at the bottom of the stairs, completely paralyzed. He was panicked, screaming and bloody. He had torn up his skin in his desperation to get up but couldn't. It was heartbreaking. I ended up being off work that day and went with my mom to the vet. The vet came out to the car to put him to sleep as there was no way we could get him inside. The dog was in such a panic there was no time to even sedate him. He was panting and screaming off and on from pain and terror. It was HORRIBLE and traumatic for everyone. The dog would only settle down when he was held by my mom or I. I held him while the vet gave him the shot as my mom was just crying too hard. I held him and talked to him. He went quickly.
When Tessa's body started to fail her, I waited until she could no longer get up the steps or get in the car by herself and started becoming incontinent. Her mind was still good but I did not want a repeat of what happened with my mom's dog. I took Tessa in and held her on my lap. There was time to sedate her first and then give her the final shot. It was peaceful.
I am so sorry that you are going through this. Each and every minute you have left is a gift.
-Dharma Van Fluffy Pants GSD
-Pippa Von Neurotic Butt- GSD
-Tessa- 11yo GSD- Waiting at the Bridge. RIP sweet girl.
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