Saying goodbye to our beloved pet is not something that anyone wants to face or experience. Unfortunately, circumstances such as injury, sickness, and aging impact the longevity of life and there may not be treatment options to help. If your pet is really having a difficult time and you know their condition will not improve, pet euthanasia may be the right thing to do to prevent your pet from suffering.
Speaking to your veterinarian about your pet’s condition can really help with this decision making process. Veterinarians are able to guide you through the process of diagnosing a disease. They will let you know your options in regards to tests that can be performed and can also help you to decide when it is time.
But ultimately, it boils down to your personal decision based on what you observe about the behavior, attitude, and quality of life of your pet. If you decide that it is time and euthanasia is the option considered, you may opt to have your veterinarian at their office, or contact a mobil vet who can come to your home, which is more expensive, but more comforting to your pet.
Below are some signs to pay attention to, please contact your veterinarian if your pet:
- Has had a significant behavior change and has lost interest in his or her favorite activities
- Is having trouble breathing, weakness, or extreme lethargy
- Has nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea that cannot be resolved by treatment from a veterinarian
- Experiences chronic pain that doesn’t go away even with medication
- Finds it very difficult to walk or cannot get up
- Is refusing to eat or drink
- Is having trouble urinating or defecating