MAKE THE CHOICE
Is it time?
While some pets die of old age in the comfort of their own home, many others become seriously ill, get injured in some way or experience a significantly diminished quality of life as they grow very old. In these situations, it may be necessary for you to consider having your pet euthanized in order to spare it from pain and suffering.
You may ultimately need to make the decision based on your observances of your pet’s behavior and attitude. Here are some signs that may indicate your pet is suffering or no longer enjoying a good quality of life:
Your pet is experiencing chronic pain that cannot be controlled with medication.
Your pet has frequent vomiting or diarrhea that is causing dehydration and/or significant weight loss.
Your pet has stopped eating or will only eat if you force feed them.
Your pet is incontinent to the degree that he frequently soils themself.
Your pet has lost interest in all or most of their favorite activities, such as going for walks, playing with toys or other pets, eating treats or soliciting attention and petting from family members.
Your pet cannot stand on their own or falls down when trying to walk.
Your pet has chronic labored breathing or coughing.