5 Signs It's Time To Schedule A Pet Euthanasia Appointment

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Whether you own a dog or cat, your pet is an important member of your family that you love dearly. As such, the thought of putting your pet to sleep is heartbreaking. However, sometimes euthanasia is the most humane thing you can give a pet. It is important to recognize when it is time. If you're wondering when to schedule a pet euthanasia appointment, here are a few signs. 

Chronic Pain

Certain health conditions, like cancer and pancreatitis, can cause chronic pain in pets. If your pet's pain can longer be managed with medication or other treatments, you may want to consider euthanasia. Severe pain can make each day miserable for your pet and you do not want it to suffer any longer.

Little Mobility

Life can be very difficult for pets with limited mobility. They can longer walk around, play, and enjoy their life like they did before. If your pet barely gets off the couch these days, you should think about its quality of life. It may be time to put the animal to sleep.

No Appetite

Most pets are constantly at the dinner table begging for scraps. If your pet has suddenly stopped eating, it is definitely a cause for concern. Take your pet to the veterinarian immediately to find out why it is not eating. If the lack of appetite is due to an untreatable disease, euthanasia may be the best option.

Diagnosis of Terminal Illness

If your veterinarian just diagnosed your pet with a terminal illness, such as cancer or heart failure, you may be at a loss of what to do. You may wonder if you should let your pet live out its days or put it to sleep. In this situation, it is best to talk to your veterinarian. They can help you determine what is best.

Complete Incontinence

If your pet has always been good about not going to the bathroom in the house, it is a cause for concern if it suddenly is incontinent. It could indicate that your pet's body systems are deteriorating. Talk to your veterinarian to see if euthanasia is the best option for your pet in this situation. 

Making the decision to put your pet to sleep is not an easy one. However, in certain situations, it is necessary. If your pet is exhibiting any of the above symptoms, you should think about scheduling a euthanasia appointment soon.