The dilemma of being in control of someone else’s life is one of the biggest situations and major responsibilities you will have to address whilst here on this planet. Having the love and loyalty of a cat or dog is one of the biggest gifts you will ever receive in return. As they age or become injured it is up to us to become their carer and make all the decisions in relation to their longevity, health and the best course of action to be taken.
As their owner (I truly dislike this term) you are responsible for them as they are unable to speak and let you know how much pain they are in and this is one of the many challenges you will face when it comes time. My personal opinion is irrelevant as you yourself will see and know when and what to do once the situation starts to deteriorate. If you are looking for some guidelines I have taken the time to put some pointers together for you.
Signs it is time to think about making a decisions
- Is your pet unable to walk?
- Is your pet incontinent?
- Has your pet stopped eating?
- Has your pet stopped drinking?
- Is he or she just not themselves?
- Are they uncomfortable and restless?
These are all the questions you will receive from your Veterinary professional along with others depending on the condition your loved is suffering from. These are the things you need to think about if you are considering euthanasia.
Whether you choose euthanasia or let life take its course is your own personal decision. But my own personal theory is if you can alleviate some suffering, why would you not. Our own selfishness gets in the way sometimes as we know it is the last time we will hold them or see them so we hold on just that little bit longer. If you have the strength to alleviate some of their suffering I believe it is a gift. Being with them whilst they pass is also a gift you can give them, the comfort of your hand and voice as they slip away would I believe have a calming and soothing effect. This also takes strength on our behalf, all this strength is sometimes hard to muster but if we can I think it is our final gift to them.
Once your loved one has passed you may wonder where they go next? You are able to have your pet cremated or buried. This is also a personal choice and one only you and your family can decide. Pet cremation urns are available and some are stunning and there are also some beautiful, peaceful Pet cemeteries that you are able to choose from. This means more decisions for the family to make at a very emotional time, once again on behalf of your loyal and loving fur baby.