When To Know it is Time to Put Your Beloved Pet Down
The moment and second that a pet enters your empty life, the last thing you can imagine is a single day without them. When you brought home that energetic young cat or dog, the farthest thing that would ever cross your mind was the end of life decisions.
Thinking of euthanasia is a decision no pet owner wants, but sadly you will have to face it. If our love for pets could keep them alive, no pooch would ever die, and no cat would ever depart from us. But because sooner or later they will still leave us, we are fortunate that we do not have to watch our feline or canine friends suffer at the hands of a terminal illness the way humans do.
Pet Euthanasia is an overly sensitive matter, and a personal decision and choice should come from within you. Despite the vet being in charge of your pet’s overall health, they will respect your decision to pick euthanasia as a last resort.
When do you know it’s time to put your beloved pet down? Well, the best way is to assess the pet’s quality of life. Here are a few factors to consider when determining your pet’s quality of life:
As a cat or dog ages, they can no longer climb the stairs or even jump onto his bed. The pet may, however, be healthy with signs of happiness and a few changes to the structures may assist them.
However, if they can no longer move or sit down without collapsing and can’t handle other basic functions, I doubt that’s the quality of life one would want for their pet.
Can your pet eat? Can they consume enough food to keep them well nourished? Can it chew and swallow food without struggle? Does it love and enjoy eating? Or does someone need to coax every bite past his lips? A pet that can’t eat enough to gain enough nourishment is on a slow road of starvation.
Illnesses such cancer can affect the respiratory system. Such illnesses can turn so severe that a pet loses its ability to breathe comfortably. The best thing to do is visit a vet for a chest x-ray to determine the condition of the lungs.
If the problem is caused by asthma or a minor infection, medication may help. However, if the problem is as a result of cancer or a heart disorder, nothing significant can be done.
Having spent many years with your pet, you can determine if he’s still happy by observing his behavior and attitude. You will begin to notice that it no longer seems to be pleasured by food or toys and most of all by you and other family members.
It reaches a point when it no longer wags the tail, and you can certainly tell that the pet is no longer joyous with life.
Making a decision
While some dogs and cats pass away peacefully, there’s a likelihood that we will realize that our adorable four-legged pal is no longer happy with life and it’s up to us to make the right decision.
It’s also a wise idea to ask your vet and hear their personal opinion. A conversation with them may help you feel the much-needed sense of relief knowing that your cherished pet will no longer hurt.