How will I know when it is the right time to say goodbye to my pet?

Unfortunately, as pet caretakers, most of us will inevitably have to ask ourselves this question. When a pet receives a diagnosis of a terminal illness or is experiencing a debilitating disease process, it can be very overwhelming and emotional. Suddenly it is up to you to know when it is time to make a decision regarding humane euthanasia. Having someone say “you’ll know when its time” is not always helpful. Most caretakers tell me that they wish the decision would be taken out of their hands and that their pet would pass peacefully in their sleep. The reality, however, is that the peaceful scenario that most of us would want for our dear pets only occurs in a small percentage of cases. The real question comes down to asking ourselves about our wishes for our pets during their final years, months, and days and what we want for their death experience when the time comes.

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Melissa Trupia