Three weeks ago my mother had to take her pekingese, Maxwell, to the emergency vet because both of his back legs gave out. It turns out he has arthritis and was using one leg more than the other to try and alleviate pain, but now both were having issues.
A day or a couple of days later she calls me in tears because her vet told her Maxwell will not be getting any better and she might have to put him down, due to quality of life and finances. I ended up calling the vet and paying the bill for that day.
She took him to the vet this past Tuesday with me in tow, and although Maxwell has improved a lot, I fear that at some point his health issues, whether it’s his leg/back problems or his kidney stones, will eventually lead to us having to put him to sleep.