One of the toughest situations you can have with your dog is when you have to decide if it’s time to put your dog down. But how do you know? Is it really the end? Can they hang in there a little bit longer?
Besides just noticing their behaviors and health issues, for example, pain and loss of appetite, these may help you make a decision in knowing when to put your dog down.
First thing to do is to find out if your dog is suffering and if it can be treated with any kind of pain relief, surgery or medicine.
Is It Feasible
I hate even bringing this up, but it’s reality. Are you able to care for your dogs illness? Or age? You have to know what your responsibility will be. Can you handle the stress? Will someone be able to always be home with your dog?
Can you handle it financially? You may need to visit the vet and give medication regularly.
Take them into consideration.
Do you believe in euthanizing? Do you value quality of life over quantity of life? Best thing you can do here is to talk to people. Your vet and your family can help you. In the heat of the moment, know that you might change your mind so this is why talking to family is key.
Assess your dogs quality of life tool
I found this tool that can help you make your decision about the quality of life for your dog.
These tools aren’t an end all be all. It’s just a tool. You can do them over time and it could help you see a trend. At the very least, its something you and your family can see and talk about.
Sometimes it just takes seeing something like this, with the help of family and friends, that you may realize it was time a long time ago, and that you just couldn’t make the tough decision.
The reality of owning a dog is you are responsible for them. And that also means having to make very hard decisions for them.
It’s a personal choice whether or not you choose to end the pain and suffering for your beloved dog but if you are able to give the gift of a comfortable death, natural or planned, it may be the best last gift you can give them.