You have been contemplating euthanasia for your pet but you want to be sure it is the right time and decision. Compassion At Home understands what you are going through — we have made this decision for our own pets.
Here are some points / questions to consider:
Quality of Life:
Is the quality of your pet’s life poor and definitely not what it used to be. Questions to help answer this include:
Is your pet eating? Is he/she keeping his/her food down? Your pet may have moments when they eat, but is it enough to maintain body weight?
Is your pet able to interact with you and things in your home? Older pets, of course, sleep a lot but do they respond to you or engage in any of their old habits?
Is your pet grooming him or herself? Are they able to use the bathroom on their own in the right place (ie. litter box or outside)?
Has your beloved pet received a diagnosis of a terminal disease? Maybe your veterinarian is unsure of the exact diagnosis, but suspects that the prognosis is not good. If you are faced with this, you may want to keep these precious memories and not witness a painful or distressful chronic disease process.
Is your pet in pain? It is very hard to evaluate the amount of pain experienced by animals, even for veterinarians. Any of the above signs may be an indication of pain. Painkillers can be prescribed for your pet but their prolonged use can cause other serious side effects.