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How to Make the Decision to Euthanize

The average lifespan of a pet is significantly shorter than that of a human being. Pet owners don't really like to consider a soft and painless passing for their pets, yet it's an option that several pet parents must make at some point in their pets' lives.


Pet owners owe it to their beloved animals to ensure that they die in comfort. As a pet parent, you'll have to execute the most difficult choice of your life: deciding when to euthanise a beloved companion.



How do you tell it's time for euthanasia?

Sometimes, it’s obvious and easy to tell. If you notice that your pet is experiencing a lot of pain and suffering from symptoms of a chronic disease such as cancer, it may be time to let them go.


If they also seem not to recognise their surroundings or if they find it difficult to breathe, this is one of the telltale signs they need to be put down.


What to do when it's difficult to decide

More often than not, it’s not an easy decision to make. Getting an honest view from someone who knows your pet extremely well, such as a relative or a loved one, can greatly help this situation.


You may also speak with your pet's veterinarian, who has a lot of experience with animals and can always tell when a pet needs to be put down.


You can also download assessment forms to assess the quality of life of your own pets.


In these circumstances, there isn't just one significant aspect to consider when determining if it's appropriate to get euthanasia, but rather a variety of factors.


Instead of stressing your pet physically and psychologically with several visits to the pet, it might be better if you start thinking about an in-home euthanasia service, which ensures your pet gets the painless passing it deserves.



Signs that show it may be time to consider in-home pet euthanasia

River Valley Gateway provides in-home euthanasia and aftercare services. These services will help make the last moments of your pet's life as painless as possible. You'll be able to stay with your pets throughout the entire process. If you notice any of these signs listed below, you may need to consider in-home pet euthanasia.

  • Your pet may be experiencing unbearable pain that cannot be cured with drugs. Your pet's vet will help you make the correct diagnosis.

  • When It becomes very difficult to cure your pet's diarrhea/vomiting.

  • Your pet is refusing to eat unless you forcefully feed them.

  • If your dog is unable to stand or walk without falling.

  • Persistent cough and respiratory difficulties plague your pet.

  • Untreatable seizures.

  • Your pet becomes very incontinent and can no longer control where or how they defecate and urinate.

Saying goodbye to pets you love and cherish is never easy. Contact River Valley Gateway if you are worried about your pet. We will let you know if euthanasia is the best option and help take care of all the aftercare needs.

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