What are signs that my pet is dying of old age?
What illnesses and/or conditions are “end of life” issues for pets?
How do I know when it’s time to put my pet down?
Well, it's all about quality of life, and if the quality of life is so poor that the pet's life is not worth living anymore, that would be the time.
Learn about the Quality of Life Scale, developed by Dr. Villalobos, here.
How can a veterinarian help make the decision whether to put my pet down?
Veterinarians can help people make decisions to put their pet down by helping them evaluate the quality of life, according to the quality of life scale. I am the good shepherd of my pet, and that I should not allow futile pain or suffering that's unnecessary, and that the veterinarian can help me transition my pet over the rainbow bridge.
As pet parents, it’s our responsibility to make the best decisions we can for our pets. If you think your pet’s quality of life is in decline or that it may be time to consider pet euthanasia, talk to your veterinarian about end of life options.
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