Post # 31
CinqueTerre : I’m really sorry you’re going through this. We had to put our dog down Friday. 🙁 It was the first time I’ve ever had to make that decision and it was an agonizing decision to make. I’m really happy we did it when we did though. It was time and he was starting to experience discomfort (he had terminal lung cancer). We had a vet come to our home and I think that made a huge difference. Talking with her on the phone also really helped me with deciding whether or not it was the right time. The actual euthanasia went as well as it possibly could and was very peaceful. He fell asleep (from the anesthesia injection) while chewing on a bone. We were able to do it in our backyard (his favorite spot).
Only you can know when it’s time but based on what you’re describing, it sounds like it’s time. The vet told me she’d never had someone tell her they regretted doing it too early but she’d had lots of people tell her they regretted waiting too long. With this, it’s better a day early than a day late. You don’t want your pet to needlessly suffer and this is one of the kindest decisions you can make for your baby.
Post # 32
tiffanybruiser : Thank you so much. I really appreciate it. I’ve been processing the news just with my family for the last few weeks and just started telling other people in the last week or so. I’ve had some sudden surprise tears a few times, but knowing he’s ready to go is helping my own sadness.
I hope the rest of your time with your kitty is supremely sweet. I’ve been feeling a lot of gratitude that since we’ve known the end was coming, we could consciously give him a lot of extra loving.
Post # 33
I’m so so sorry, bee. I know how incredibly hard this is. I know I’ve shared my story about my childhood kitty before, but my heart still breaks for her.
She was 17 and had been with me through absolutely everything…. and in the span of about 3-4 weeks, everything fell apart. She had an abdominal tumor that was too large to remove and we tried meds to ease her pain and improve her quality of life, but it just wasn’t enough.
One night, she started breathing SO heavily and we knew it was time. I wasn’t even sure we’d make it to the vet without her passing. It tore me apart to put her down and I still miss her every single day, but it was the right thing to do. If anything, I wonder if we should have done it sooner. Listen to your heart and your gut—wishing you guys the best during this incredibly difficult time.