by Andrew Baker on 19/08/15 at 1:28 pm
It is often difficult to see our pets age. The puppy that had a habit of chewing the shoe or stealing a toy has gotten older and no longer engages in those activities. It is important to enjoy the twilight years with our pets. There are some stresses that do begin to occur as our pets age. Some of them will begin to lose their hearing, eyesight begins to diminish and/or they are not as active as they once were. Some will begin to not eat as well or begin to become confused. Others may develop urinary or fecal incontinence. Whereas others may begin to develop seizures and/or other neurological signs.
The question of when to consider euthanasia is never one that is taken lightly. The most important factor is to remember that it is the last gift that can be given to our beloved pets. With that being said, there are may parameters that are taken into consideration. I tell my clients that should their pet stop eating/drinking, exhibit signs of pain, stop being themselves (in the sense of activity and mental alertness) or begin to loose the dignity of life, then we are at a time when we must make some decisions. The decision to euthanize a beloved pet is a decision that should only be made by the pets owner. This should be free of persuasion from friends and family as it is a final decision that you must be prepared to live with free from doubt. There are also grief counseling services and support groups that are available to help individuals through these tough times.