How to Know When It’s Time to Say Good-Bye to Your Pet…

How to Know When It’s Time to Say Good-Bye to Your Pet…

Your beloved pet has been with you for years as your companion, protector, and friend. Now, your pet isn’t doing so well. The prognosis doesn’t look good either.

You know you’re going to have to make the decision to let go at some point, but when do you know it’s time? You probably have many questions going through your mind right now:

  • What if he or she recovers?
  • Maybe he or she will hang on for a while?
  • Is he or she in a lot of pain?

These questions are common ones as you decide if euthanasia is the only viable option for your pet’s future. To help you with this difficult decision, the following are ways to when it may be time to take that step in navigating through the process of pet euthanasia.

#1: The Vet Reports Suffering

A vet often knows the signs of pain in animals. Usually, they can tell by looking in their eyes or seeing how they react when touched. While your pet may not be wincing, whining, or showing signs of pain, it’s possible for some animals to suffer in silence.

Chances are, if the vet says your pet is suffering, it’s true. It may be time to consider euthanasia. Your pet has been so brave and strong all of these years by your side. One of the most compassionate things you can do for your pet at this point is euthanasia, which is quick and painless.

#2: There’s Nothing More to Do

Your pet may be at the emergency clinic. The veterinarians have done absolutely everything they can do to bring your pet back, but none of the treatments worked. Many pet owners come to the realization that bringing their pet home in a declining condition means delaying the inevitable or keeping him or her alive inside of the clinic possibly hooked to machines and in a small cage is just not right. Usually, they decide to have the veterinarians in the clinic euthanize their pet while there because it cuts out the distress for the pet by moving from one place to the next (going from home to the clinic and back home again).

#3: Quality of Life Is Low

The survival instinct of animals is strong and that instinct may keep them hanging on for quite some time. They may become immobile before eventually passing away on their own. Since the quality of life of a pet is highly diminished when they are immobile, many pet parents decide to euthanize.

Immobility doesn’t always have to be a deciding factor in euthanizing. If pet parents can tend to the pet’s needs with feeding, helping him or her use the bathroom, etc., it can work. However, if there’s pain with immobility, it may be best to make the objective decision to end the suffering.

A Personal Decision Only You Can Make

Ending a pet’s suffering through euthanasia is a decision only you can make. While you may hear opinions from loved ones around you, the only opinion leading to a decision that matters is yours. Prepare yourself for the end of your pet’s natural life cycle by understanding what is going on with your pet, and remind yourself the reasons euthanizing is the best decision. It’s a hard thing to do, but it may be the most humane.

Christopher “CJ” JohnsonChristopher “CJ” Johnson

Best Friend Services, owned by CJ Johnson and his wife Tammy, offers a large collection of high-quality pet urns to help you grieve the passing of your beloved pet. Our collection includes wood, metal, and ceramic pet urns, as well as figurine pet urns and cremation jewelry. Visit our site at

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