When is the right time to put a dog down? What are the signs? I got a 13 year old lab that’s hips are shot and her joints are always sore. She is consistently licking her legs, paws and has a tough time squatting to go to the bathroom. On cold days her back end will drop often and she will struggle to lift herself up. She has been on medication for her arthritis and takes medication for bathroom control. In twelve years she had one accident in our house, in the past year she has gone multiple times in the garage and sometimes I think she leaks urine on herself. I have pushed to put her to sleep for the past 6 months and family has fought it. I hate to see her struggle through life and it feels right to put her down. The tough part is that she still wags her tail and jogs at a slow speed as fast as she can towards me every time she sees me with excitement. In the past month she has just started not carrying a fetch toy of some sort around. We also have a new lab puppy that I want to train but feel as if I’m betraying her when I give the pup attention or training. The puppy is full of excitement and is constantly knocking down the older one without even knowing it. My wife feels that I just need to accept her for the dog she is now and let her live. The thing is I don’t know if I want her to live if she is constantly struggling. Summer is coming and the warm temps should help, I really don’t know what to do.