(Closed) Euthanizing Your Pet: How do you know when it’s time?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

i completely feel for you right now. There is never a “time” to put your pet down.  i have had oto put down many in my life and you just know when its not good for them anymore. If i could have kept my dogs or cats for years more I would have but it would not have been a good life for them.  i am so sorry you have to go through this but you have a community of people that will be there for you and support you through this time of need. Good luck to you and your fiance 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper

When your pet is suffering and cannot be cured, it’s time. Sorry your cat isn’t doing well 🙁

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Sorry to hear about your pet. I feel your pain. I had two cats leave me last year. One was struck by a car, and the other had cancer. When he was diagnosed, we decided to keep him comfortable for as long as possible. I knew it was time when he suddenly took a turn for the worse. He seemed really sad, and slept in his litter box. I stayed up all night with him, and as soon as the vet opened we took him to get checked out. By the end of the day, we had to put him to sleep. He looked so depressed, and I couldn’t bear to do that to him for my selfish reasons. 

The vet might hint that it’s time, but they usually won’t flat out tell you. If it’s really affecting your cat’s quality of life, you have to think of how she must be feeling. She probably doesn’t want to be in any pain. 

Good luck at the vet on Monday. I’m sure you’ll know what’s best for you cat <3

Post # 7
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Helper bee

i’m struggling with this right now myself.   after spending time with my dog tonight, i was sure.  it’s time. your gut will tell you when it’s time.  so sorry 🙁

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Oh, I am so sorry, we had to put our cat to sleep last year and it was so hard, but sometimes it really is the best thing to do for them. What does your vet say? The way we knew it had to be done was our vet explained our cat’s condition and prognosis to us (a heart condition–hydrocardiomyopathy, I think, or something like that). After all of the technical stuf he said, “There’s maybe a 20 percent chance that she would be able to live for another year.” We asked what he would do if she were her cat, and he looked really sorry and he was like, “Being completely honest, I would put her to sleep.” And that is how we knew. Again, I am so sorry, we were completely devastated, but I’ve never doubted that it was the right decision. And we were both able to be there for her and pet her while it was happening, but it was tough. Even the vet tech was crying :-/

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Hugs!!!!!!!!!!:(

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I am so sorry about this. I also had a dog that was my best friend for my entire childhood, and he got sick just as I was leaving for college. That winter when I came back I found a scraggly dog that couldn’t jump up in my arms anymore, needed diapers to relieve himself, and was barely eating unless we brought him food. I convinced my parents that putting him down was the best thing we could do for him, I could see the pain he was in, it was in his eyes and moans. We put him down after Christmas, and I didn’t come back home for 2 years after that (it helps that I live across the ocean now). But I know it was the right thing, and at least he died at home and in my arms. Just listen to her, she will tell you when it’s time. My boy just started looking at me in a certain way that showed me that he was in too much pain to want to keep living. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but I’ve never doubted that it was the right decision.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I am so sorry you are having to make this kind of decision. It’s one of the hardest!

If there is no hope and she is suffering more than she’s not suffering, you have to end it for her. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee

@StuporDuck:  Grieving is good. Don’t keep yourself constantly preoccupied, allow yourself to grieve her for a while. Then start thinking about what she would like you to do. She would want you to be happy. And you’ll start doing other things naturally.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

I’m so sorry. I can tell you, as someone who can’t breathe all that wel at times, it’s awful. It’s really awful.

 

To me it sounds like it might be time. I say it’s when they aren’t all that happy anymore. It’s a quality of life situation.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I cried for days, and that made it better. I also had my cats cremated. I have both cats’ ashes on a shelf. Some people think it’s weird, but it totally brought me comfort. 

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