When she loses her ability to "use the bathroom facilities" is usually a good measure that she is going to need to be put down. It usually indicates that her internal organs are failing. A vet is actually unlikely to tell you that your animal is in pain or that it needs to be put to sleep because
1. They don't want to be accused of animal cruelty (some vet's have been sued for this in the past by recommending euthanization)
2. The longer your dog stays alive the more money they can make taking blood tests, exams, fecal samples, etc, etc. It's sad but very true that your dog is worth more to the vet alive than it is dead.
I think when you see that your dog is no longer happy, cannot move easily and messes itself that it is time to put her to sleep. Until then, watch her carefully and give her whatever she wants! No need for the healthy food now, so spoil her a little (as long as her tummy can take it)
P.S. My husbands family once had a cat that the vet said would take a turn for the worse and they could feed it whatever they wanted and just make it comfortable and it went on to live for 3 more years, eating MEOW MIX! of all things!
When do you know it is time to euthanize your pet?
I am really battling to accept that it may be time to have my miniture maltese put to sleep. She is 15 years old, deaf, and 80% blind. She spends most of her day sleeping, but when it is food time, she really makes a noise and still has a good appetite, even with no teeth. With being quite blind, when we walk past she really gets a fright and shakes like mad. She is fairly happy, just not very active. Am I being selfish. Please help me here. Thanks
- This is a tough one. Generally, your vet may tell you to start counting the "good" days and the "bad" days - as soon as the bad days start outweighing the good, it may be time. Only the pet's owner can really judge how the pet is feeling. Go with your gut. But I will leave you with one thought - would you rather your last day be a good one or a bad one? Do your best to prevent her suffering. Remember, euthanasia is a gift.00
- Is she in pain? That should be the basis of your decision.
Sounds as if you have given her a good life and to make a decision to end it based on her present condition may leave you wondering if she could have spent just a little more time with you.
I have faced that decision more times than I care to, but it was always based on the comfort of my pets living without any discomfort and pain.00
- No you're not being selfish....not at all. For my own part, it's about the quality of a life and it doesn't sound as if hers is truly lacking. Unless she's in pain (and it doesn't sound as if she is) then you needn't upset yourself with thoughts of letting go. She eats, she sleeps (sounds very much like my 30 something husband, to be perfectly frank) and everyday she FEELS your love and devotion and finds comfort in your touch and the sound of your voice. That's a life worth living.00
- That is THE hardest decision that an animal owner needs to make. Trust your gut. You WILL know when it is time.
In my opinion I don't think your puppy is exhibiting signs that she shouldn't live anymore. As long as she is happy and has a healthy appetite and is not in pain I would let her live on. She is 15 so I wouldn't expect her to be very active. The people in your home need to make sure that they exercise extra caution with her considering her disabilities.00
- Let her die in peace, she would rather die by your side so if she is not suffering let her be.00
- Its a hard choice to make, talk with your Vet and get their opion. I would say when the dog's life is no longer meaningful to themselves or they are in pain its time. If your dog still loves your attention and is not in pain, I would say don't do it. Its a hard desion and I do wish you the best, for you and your beloved pet.00
- if she is not in pain i would not have her put to sleep wait until you know that is the best thing to do You sound like a good person so I'm sure you will know when that time is00
- i'm sorry you're going thru this. 3 years ago, i had to put down my 15 y/o. she had a disease that ended up not letting her walk or even stand. it was horrible. but she was never in pain. the disease made her lose all feeling from the hips down. completely. she was still happy, and she would eat, but we knew her quality of life wasnt anything we wanted her to go thru. she would just lay in the same spot all day, she would slowly walk to her bowl or to go outside, but she would fall oftin, and that would scare her and she would cry. it was horrible. from diagnosis to the point where we could see her like that was not quite 2 years, but we just watched it get worse and worse. nothing could help her. i will never forget the day we put her down. she was my sister. we grew up together. i still weep over her.
my other dog is now 14ish. i worry about her. she's completely blind. she has been for about 2 years now, tho one eye has been blind since about the time we first got her. she's had double knee surgery (about 6 years ago) and is now having kidney problems (tho diet and meds have at least helped slow that down). i dont want to see her die. she's the happiest dog i know tho. she will never stop wagging her tail, she will follow us whereever she can, and she will eat all day every day (and always has). but we know if the kidneys start failing, thats that, and there is nothing we can do about it.
i guess what i'm saying is you'll know. there will be a point where you can look at her and see just how unhappy she really is. dont make them suffer anymore than they have to. you will just suffer just as much in the end. but love her as much as you possibly can every minute that you can.00
- Just one more short response here. If you do decide to be with your dog at the time try not to have emotions as your dog picks up on that and can affect him. I've seen animals apprehensive by how they perceived the owner acted. Try to act as it is just another vet exam. Then when its over cry your heart out. I had hidden tears for every euthanization we did, and it was for the person that was going to miss their loved one. We also had an ink pad and small blue and pink pieces of card paper there to make a foot print. It goes nice with a lock of hair.00
- Deciding when to euthanize your pet will be one of the hardest decisions that you'll ever have to make. I've done it way too many times.
First, look at the quality of their life. Are they in pain? Are they suffering in any way? Secondly, what will their quality of life be a week from now? A month from now? And lastly, are you doing what's best for them?
It is an animals nature to not show that they are gravely ill until they can no longer help it. In nature, the weak are usually the ones killed by the stronger animal(s). So their instinct is to show health even when they are not healthy. You've had your pet for 15 years or so....you know her better than anyone. She is looking towards you to do the right thing, and you'll know when that time is right. Sometimes, the thing that is the most right to do is also the hardest.
Sorry for your pain...hope this helps.30
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