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When is it the ‘Right’ Time?

“My pet is sick, the vet has tried everything and my pet is not getting better, should I euthanize my pet? How do I know when it is the right time?” Unfortunately, there is no right or wrong answer. However, I do believe the following is a very important question a pet parent needs to ask themselves, “Is my pet suffering, am I keeping my pet alive for me or am I keeping my pet alive for my pet?” Be as honest with yourself as emotionally possible. Do not beat yourself up if you are having a difficult time with making the final decision. There is no doubt that deciding to euthanize your pet will be one of the hardest decisions you will have to make. Perhaps the information below will be of assistance.

Some signs of a dying cat: weight loss, dull or spacey demeanor, sunken or vacant appearance to the eyes, foul odour, very rapid or very slow breathing.

Some signs of a dying dog: loss of coordination, loss of appetite, no longer drinking water, lack of desire to play and do things he/she enjoys, distance from people, extreme fatigue, vomiting or incontinence, muscle twitching, confusion.

Your pet may have some or all of the above, but you know your pet best. Whatever decision you make, trust in your decision and do not allow anyone to sway you or guilt you; there is no doubt that whatever decision you make it will be made from a place of love.

Because I truly care.

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