I would like to think if I had an animal that had health issues and was suffering, could not get comfortable, whining and crying that I would be able to make the decision to let them go and be at peace. Our furbabies are not able to tell us what is happening with them so this is a judgement call that has to be made. If you are uncomfortable with making the decision, talk with your vet. Their input and expertise can be invaluable in these situations.
My DD's vet once told her something along the lines that when a pet with health issues started hiding from you and no longer showed any interest in food, you or anything else; if the eyes no longer shined or were unhappy, or it was in such extreme pain that pain meds could not help give relief, then it was probably time to let them go. It would be the humane thing to do even if it is hard for you to let go.
I do believe this is an act of kindness and mercy for your pet. It seems to me that it would be cruel to allow a pet who has loved you unconditionally to be allowed to suffer day in and day out. Putting yourself in his position, what would you want done?
Just a thought or two.
Edited by: MOMMA_BEAR_69 at: 1/14/2012 (18:58)
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