Saying Goodbye: The Right Time to Euthanize Your Pet

Just how do you know when is the right time to euthanize your pet and say goodbye? It is one of the hardest decisions you will ever have to make.

There is no right answer but by working through some questions you can work out what quality of life your pet has and this can help you decide if putting your pet to sleep is the right option at this time.

These simple questions include: is your dog in pain? Can your cat climb or jump, is your pet able to run and are they active.

If your pets quality of life is good then that’s great. If not though, they may be suffering enough that pet euthanasia may very well be the kindest decision you can make.

Knowing the right time to euthanize your pet is never easy, no matter how sick your pet is. Some statements that I believe may help you if you are still struggling to decide if the time is right to euthanize your pet:

– better a week too early than a day to late
– If you are thinking it might be time then the right time will be very close
– pet euthanasia is the last act of kindness you can show your dog or cat to end their suffering which they don’t understand.

Once you’ve made the decision to put your pet to sleep you should talk to your vet about the process. Can they visit you at home? Would you like to bury your pet or get them cremated? Can you pay before or after the event? What is the process your vet will go through on the day?

Understanding what is going to happen can make to final act of euthanasia a tiny bit more manageable.

Finally, don’t be embarrassed by the feelings of grief you have for the loss of your pet. They are an integral part of a family and it is only right you feel as upset as you would over the loss of any other family member.

If you want to learn more about coping with grief then this video might help. It is not pet specific but it runs through some excellent coping strategies from someone with a lot of personal experience:

If you are struggling with the loss of your pet and can’t find the local support you need then consider online therapy:

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