One of the toughest decisions we will have to make as a pet owner is if and when it is their time to go. Sometimes, our pets will leave us without warning, leaving us wondering what happened. Other times, we watch our beloved animals deteriorate before our eyes. It pains us to watch them suffer but we know that there isn’t anything we can do. Aches and pains are a natural part of getting older. We see and feel them as humans as well. But they are part of our family. So we do whatever we can to put off the inevitable. We give them medicine for the pain, we pay for surgeries that will help them move or even breathe better. But when is it time to let them go? When is it time to end their suffering?
Quality of Life
No one knows your pet better than you. You will be the first to notice when something is off or different about your pet. As our pets get older, they will start to experience joint and muscle pain, among other common ailments. But it’s when they are having a hard time eating and keeping food down or having issues breathing that we really need to get concerned. You wouldn’t let your parents suffer through that without seeking help, so why let your favorite four-legged friend?
Change in Personality
When are pets are in pain or uncomfortable, their personality will change to match their mood. Your pet may not want to play as much as he or she used to. They may sleep more, instead of being the spunky, vibrant go-getter they once were.
It is important to consult your pet’s veterinarian for advice on what your pet is going through. They will be able to tell you whether or not your pet needs help and what you can do for them. If you need advice, the veterinarians at Paws Into Grace are happy to help. Call us today!