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October 21, 2011

Choosing to say goodbye to your pet

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Answering these questions might help you make the right decision based on the health of your pet. If you are still having difficulty determining if it's the time to say goodbye, talk with your veterinarian. He or she is in the business of saving pet lives and will not encourage euthanasia if it is not the right time. Most people and vets agree that it is better to euthanize a pet earlier than later so that he or she will not suffer unnecessarily.

Some prefer to make a list of what their pet enjoys, i.e. chasing a ball, being petted, eating, going for rides. Set a minimum that must be reached for quality of life. If the pet falls below this minimum, then euthanasia should be considered. Couples who have a pet may disagree on the time to euthanize. But ultimately the needs of the pet should be put before personal feelings.

Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is never easy for anyone. But euthanizing an animal when his or her quality of life has diminished vastly is often best for the animal.

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