There is usually not one perfect moment in time in which to make that ultimate choice of euthanasia (unless the pet is truly suffering). Rather, there is a time period in which euthanasia is an appropriate decision to make. This time period could be hours, days, weeks, or even months. Euthanasia should be chosen to prevent further physical or emotional suffering for your pet and the emotional suffering of your family.
Ask your veterinarian for the exact signs of suffering likely to be associated with your pet’s condition or disease. Observing and keeping an accurate record of your pet in his daily activities can help you to decide. If you observe that moments of discomfort outweigh his capacity to enjoy life, it may be time to euthanize, even if your pet still experiences pleasure in eating or socializing. If your pet is in pain, your main goal should be to minimize his suffering.
When you contact us, Glynis will explain the entire process to you and answer any questions that you might have. In addition, at the appointment, Dr. Maggie or Dr. Kimberly will also go over the process and answer your questions. However, the decision is always yours to make.