Dealing with an Aging or Sick Pet

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Dealing with an Aging or Sick Pet is something that pet owners will come to face. One of the most heartbreaking decisions that pet owners have to make is whether the time has come for pet euthanasia. There are many factors that come into play in making such a sad decision. These include animal’s age, diagnosed condition, cost of treatment, as well as the ability of the pet owner to take care of their sick companion. If the pet is having really bad days and there is no cure, then perhaps the time has come to release the pet from its painful bonds on earth.

Knowing if it is Time

Usually, the cases of pet euthanasia involve health problems. Either the pet is extremely old or it is severely sick. If your pet cannot regain its health anymore, the veterinarian would suggest euthanasia. Deciding whether to euthanize or not is a very serious decision and it is never easy to ponder, even though in certain situations it is the kindest thing you can do for your pet.

Struggling with Euthanasia

Deciding whether euthanasia is the right choice is always difficult. You need to ask for several opinions, most of the time family and close friends, including your veterinarian. You have to consider everything that is best for your aging, sick companion. So, it is recommended that you consider all your options.

You know it is the right time when your beloved pet cannot enjoy your moments together. The pet cannot respond to you anymore and you noticed that he is experiencing more pain than ever before. There is also a possibility that the pet has a disease that cannot be cured or treating the animal is beyond your financial status. Under such circumstances, euthanasia is the option. Furthermore, if your pet is healthy but he is behaving abnormally, then euthanasia may be necessary. It is recommended that you discuss the options with your veterinarian in case your pet becomes dangerous.

Trust your Veterinarian

The veterinarian will understand your attachment to your pet, so he will determine whether there is any hope for recovery or any possibilities to avoid euthanasia. However, the decision of whether to euthanize or not should not come from the veterinarian. It is your decision and you must understand the medical condition of your pet. If there are things you don’t fully understand about your pet’s diagnosis, you should ask the veterinarian. Take your time to think about the decision.

Once you have made the decision to euthanize your beloved pet, it is recommended that you discuss the proper caring for your pet’s remains with your family and your veterinarian. Alternatives on cremation and burial will be provided by your veterinarian.


In conclusion, the life cycle of your pet is much shorter than a human’s. Sadly, death is a part of the life cycle. So, you need to understand that it is something that cannot be avoided. The grief you would experience by your decision to euthanize your beloved pet can be helped by your friends, family, and others who can understand your pain. This is all part of dealing with an aging or sick pet, and hopefully the love and joy you shared with them will bring you some comfort through this difficult time.


Here are some resources that may help you as you cope with the difficult decision.

American Veterinary Medical Association – Coping with Loss of a Pet

The Human Society – Coping with the death of your pet

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