This is not GSP related but you guys have some great experience and knowledge. My girlfriend's dog has had a rough go of it the past year or so. He has lymphoma and has survived two surgeries, and some stones in his penis that he had to have removed so another surgery.
Well, he is a little older and doesn't see very well and is hearing is even a little worse. On Labor Day weekend he was under the jet ski trailer and got run over by it. I thought it was over, he had a horrible gash on his stomach, his tail was messed up, his right rear leg stuck out sideways and his wouldn't put weight on his front right paw. For two weeks his breathing was slow and he wouldn't eat. MIRACULOUSLY...the dog is doing better except he has no control over his bladder now. It just comes out...
She has tried diapers, belly wraps with female obsorbent deals in there. He still has a lot of spunk and energry, but it's tough dealing with a dog that pees and poops without even knowing it.
Have any of you had any issues like this? What have you done? Diapers? He is a shih-tzu mix that was a rescue. So he's a little guy.
When we finally decided to make that tough decision for my 13 year old Dobie it was in large part because she could no longer support herself to go to the bathroom. Before that she was a bit wobbly, but still really enjoyed hanging out. Once she got to the point that walking outside was really hard and going to the bathroom was impossible unassisted, we made the call. For us the bathroom part was just part of a bigger strength issue. She was still there mentally, but we could almost see it in her face that it was time.
Sounds like it will be tough for your friend because he has pulled through so much and probably doesn't want to let something like going to the bathroom be the deciding factor. Could he just be an outside dog so the bathroom part is not an issue?