Knowing When It's time to say goodbye
There's no question-deciding to put a pet down is absolutely the most difficult decision that most pet parents will ever make. If you've done this before, you can agree that putting a pet down never, ever gets easier. For many of us- we've never done it before, our parents took our family pet into the vet's office, or we were too young to remember exactly what happened with our family pets. If this is your first time navigating pet euthanasia, you may be struggling to find resources. Often times- pet parents tell me their regular vet told them that they will just "know when it's time". But to be honest, most pet parents tell me they don't know what to look for to know when it's time.
ANSWERING THESE QUESTIONS MAY HELP GUIDE YOU
1. IS YOUR PET ABLE TO WALK, EAT AND REST COMFORTABLY?
2. IS YOUR PET EATING AND DRINKING WELL?
3. LIST YOUR PETS TOP 5 FAVORITE THINGS TO DO IN LIFE (PLAY WITH TOYS, FETCH BALL, GO FOR WALKS, EAT, SLEEP, CUDDLE, RIDE IN THE CAR, COME TO WORK WITH YOU, VISIT FAMILY ETC). IS YOUR PET STILL ABLE TO DO THESE THINGS EASILY AND COMFORTABLY?
4. DOES YOUR PET STILL ENJOY GETTING AFFECTION (BEING PET, CUDDLING, SNUGGLING ETC)?
5. DOES YOUR PET SEEK OUT AFFECTION?
6. DOES EACH DAY/WEEK SEEM TO GET BETTER OR WORSE FOR YOUR PET?
7. WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO SWITCH PLACES WITH YOUR PET?
8. ON A SCALE OF 1-10, WITH 1 BEING POOR AND 10 BEING GOOD, WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS YOUR PETS QUALITY OF LIFE RIGHT NOW?
IF YOU FEEL YOUR PET'S QUALITY OF LIFE IS A CONCERN OR YOU NEED MORE GUIDANCE IN ASSESSING YOUR PET'S QUALITY OF LIFE, PLEASE SCHEDULE A HOSPICE HOME CONSULT OR PHONE CONSULT.