I need some advice. I’m so torn.
A family member has alzheimer’s and dementia and owns a cocker spaniel. She overfeeds it as she doesn’t remember when she fed him last. As a result he’s very obese and has developed a cough.
We visit her every day and only take up a certain amount of dog food to try and control what she’s feeding him and even her carers have tried to control what she gives him but it hasn’t worked. She will not stop feeding him human and dog food.
We feel that she will go down hill if we take the dog away, as he is like her baby, but I know it’s unfair on the dog. I walk him a couple of times a week but otherwise he rarely goes out. She refuses help from charities specialising in walking dogs for the elderly. He seems generally happy and wags his tail when he sees us but he’s far from healthy.
I feel like I’m between a rock and a hard place. What would you do in my position?