Isn't it awful, Jan, when we feel so helpless?
My big bugbear is seeing dogs in pain that their owners either don't recognise or just shrug off as "old age". I want to shake these people until their teeth rattle! Old age?! Since when did old age make you limp, or cause you not to be able to rise and move around?!
One poor old labrador in our village has such severe arthritis (I presume?!) that she cannot walk down the garden path! If they toss her a treat, in the house, and it lands just out of reach she is unable/unwilling to get up and get it. We are talking a Labrador here!
I have tried and tried to get them to take action but they are from old country stock and they just let their animals deteriorate until they give up on life.
Esther, the dog we took in when their Sister in Law died, was in such pain that the vet said if it had been one of us we would be screaming
They had her on a cheap joint supplement available over the counter. The vet ended up putting her on a combination of three different pain killers, each at maximum dose, to help settle her pain. With them she was on none.
The relatives expressed surprise at how her aggression had disappeared since she came to live with us. Funny that?!
Perhaps we will set up a vigilante group and go snatch these poor creatures from their miserable lives.