When It’s Time To Say Goodbye, These 8 Tips Make The Pain Much Easier To Handle

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One of the worst parts of being a pet parent is deciding when it’s time to put your loving but ailing pet to sleep. It can seem impossible balancing your own love for your pet against your pet’s mental and physical well-being.

To help you through this difficult choice, we’ve compiled some guidelines to help you understand when it’s the right time and, if it is, how to say goodbye the right way.

8. Look at Your Pet’s Enjoyment of Life

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If your pet is no longer able to enjoy his or her favorite things, whether that’s playing fetch or rolling in catnip, you may have reached a moment of decision. Try doing something you and your pet have always enjoyed together, and pay close attention to his or her behavior to help you gauge your pet’s mental and physical shape.

7. Talk to Your Veterinarian

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Because each situation with a pet is different, you’ll need input from your vet to help you decide what’s best to do. If you think there’s a problem, seek advice right away regarding the medical choices available to you.

6. Talk to Your Friends

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When measuring your pet’s health against his or her happiness, your judgment may get a bit cloudy, preventing you from reaching the best, most objective decision. Talk to your pet-parent friends about it to get a calm, pragmatic perspective on your situation.

5. Take the Time You Need

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Don’t let yourself be rushed into a decision that feels too sudden for you. Your vet should give you all the time you need to make the right choice.

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