4. Focus on Your Pet’s Point of View
Pets aren’t able to reminisce about wonderful times past in the same way we humans are. Because animals live very much in the present moment, they are primarily aware of what they’re experiencing now. If your pet is experiencing pain, take that into consideration when deciding what’s best.
3. Plan Ahead
If your pet has started a long, slow decline, establish a plan for future care. Decide how much quality of life your pet would be willing to lose, such as the ability to walk or even play with a toy, and keep that in mind as you move forward.
2. Get All the Information You Need
If you want to explore the options available to you and your pet, let your vet know what kind of information you need. Be aware, though, that sometimes having too much information can make it more difficult to make an already tough decision, so be sure to always keep your pet’s well-being in mind.
1. Think About the People Affected
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As you make your decision, always consider the other people in your pet’s life. If you have children, be honest with them about the situation, and give them time to process their emotions. Make sure everyone who loves your pet gets a chance to say goodbye.
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