How to Know When It Is 'time' to Euthanize a Pet
From your Veterinary Medicine Guide
Questions to consider when evaluating quality of life. Some guidelines to help determine when it is time to say goodbye to a terminally ill pet.
- Is my pet enjoying the activities that s/he used to? Eating, walking, playing, interested when you leave or come home?
- Is my pet able to eat and drink? If my pet needs to be assisted, is my pet getting adequate fluid and nutrition?
- Is my pet able to urinate and defecate ok?
- Is my pet in pain often? Is pain adequately controlled with medication?
- Is my pet part of the family, or alone most of the time?
- Does my pet now become stressed or afraid when left alone?
- Does my pet continue to recognize me?
- Does my pet seem to enjoy interaction with other pets and family members?
- You know your pet best, and the decision regarding euthanasia (putting your pet 'to sleep') is always ultimately yours to make.
- Discuss your feelings with family members, friends, and your vet.
- Actively seek support groups or counseling if the sense of loss and grief is overwhelming.
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