When you first bring home your puppy or kitten, you probably feel overwhelmed with love and you’re definitely not thinking about the day when the end comes. Nevertheless, one of the most traumatic experiences of pet ownership is the death of your beloved animal. In some cases, your dog or cat may become so sick that you have to decide whether your pet should be forced to live through the pain anymore. Many pet owners turn to euthanasia to prevent their pet from unnecessary suffering, but it is still an incredibly difficult action to take.
Obviously, not all cases of illness in pets should be treated with euthanasia and as the pet owner you’ll need to make some very serious considerations.
- Has your pet been suffering through incurable pain?
- Has your veterinarian advised that treatment is not an option?
- Has your dog or cat suffered from severe injuries where recovery is not likely?
- Is your pet suffering from an age-related condition that is likely to get worse over time?
- Does your pet have a terminal illness that will cause great pain and discomfort?
The decision to euthanize a pet is never an easy one but is often the best option for your pet. Never take these decisions lightly and always try to consider the quality of life of your dog or cat. You can try to evaluate the happiness of your pet before continuing. There are several signs that your dog or cat is miserable, and probably ready to give up on the fight. Loss of appetite, social withdrawal, lethargy, self-neglect, incontinence, and cries of pain are all indications that an ill or elderly cat or dog may be nearing the end of life. It’s time for you to prepare your goodbyes and let your beloved companion rest in peace.