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LSUSoulja08
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re: When do you know it’s time to put a pet down?
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It is what you have to do as a pet owner, but that doesn't mean that it isn't a gut wrenching decision.


it is so true. I know I did the right thing at the time looking back but at the time, I felt like the worst person knowing what I had to do.

sorry about your pup chino, hoping for healing for you and yours

sorry for the long post folks, guess I needed to let out a little more than I thought


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Lsuhoohoo
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re: When do you know it’s time to put a pet down?
Sounds like its time man. 17 for a lab is an exceedingly long life. My family had to put down our 12 year old lab last year when he developed cancer and lost interest in eating.

Your dog can't tell you hes miserable but if he can't get up, he can't control his bowels, what quality of life is left for him? He can't do the things a dog loves anymore. Like I said he can't tell you how much pain hes in and I imagine you don't have endless resources for human like end of care to keep him comfortable until he passes naturally. So its up to you to decide for him when he's had enough.


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Mr. Misanthrope
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re: When do you know it’s time to put a pet down?
Sorry to hear this. I dread the day when I have to be deciding this for my dogs. Maybe there's some comfort in this.


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re: When do you know it’s time to put a pet down?
Is he still in good spirits? That's the most important thing. You can get underpads and give him aspirin or Ace (as long as it isn't contraindicated).

If there are no positive signs (happy when you come home, still likes treats, etc) it's time.
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Dawgirl
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re: When do you know it’s time to put a pet down?
If you make the decision to put him to sleep, the guilt will consume you. I still feel guilty today. But you will do the right thing. Give him all the love and extra attention that you can and afterwards (it will take a long time), you will overcome the guilt and know that you did the right thing in the eyes of God. I feel for you. And I am praying for you, your family and your pup. Don't worry, you will see him again. God will make sure of that.


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HempHead
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re: When do you know it’s time to put a pet down?
This and chin's thread are making me cry. Damn it.


Dawgirl
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This and chin's thread are making me cry. Damn it.


I'm already crying. Losing a pet is heart wrenching


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re: When do you know it’s time to put a pet down?
That was a tremendous video and help. Thank you for sharing.


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I have a dog that's not quite as old but still elderly. He has seizures, trouble walking and control issues at times and I'm ready to put him down. But then he'll show a miraculous recovery and be pretty mobile and I just can't do it.


Had as 14 year old Lab once who was like that. Developed laryngeal paralysis when she was 13, then bounced back. A year later, she stopped eating and couldn't stand up anymore so we had to give up.


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HempHead
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re: When do you know it’s time to put a pet down?
I have an elderly BC (14) but he is still in good health and barely looks like he is 7 or 8, only a few grey hairs. I know the time will come when he will pass or I will have to make that decision for his own benefit, and that thought is giving me a gigantic lump in my throat.

If the Rainbow Bridge isn't real, I don't know what I'll do. I love dogs too much.


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LSUSoulja08
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re: When do you know it’s time to put a pet down?
I'm glad to hear it. It may sound silly, but it brought me some comfort and helped me through the process and I hope it does the same for you. All my best man


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Dawgirl
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If the Rainbow Bridge isn't real, I don't know what I'll do. I love dogs too much.


If the Rainbow Bridge isn't real, I don't know what I'll do. I love cats and dogs too much.


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re: When do you know it’s time to put a pet down?
When you find them in a slightly good moment during their sickness and still cry because you know it's not much longer.


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HempHead
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re: When do you know it’s time to put a pet down?
Kitties have never been my thing, but I wish that anyone who shares their love with them will get the same relief and connection when the time comes.



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re: When do you know it’s time to put a pet down?
It's hard and my mistake was not doing it soon enough. If it's there and you're already questioning when is when, it's time.

The last day of my dog's life he was so lethargic he couldn't stand to drink water on his own power. I regret not doing it a week earlier when he started struggling with his bowels thinking it was just a virus at worst.
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Dawgirl
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re: When do you know it’s time to put a pet down?
When I had to put my kitty to sleep and had him cremated, my vet gave me this when I got his ashes and it will help you in your time of sorrow:

From your furry loved one:

"I know that it must be different,
now that I am no longer there,
I realize how much I was loved,
And how much you really cared.
I know it will be hard at first,
when you look around for me,
Expecting to find me in my bed,
Or beside my favorite tree.
Someday you will begin to see,
Although it will take some time,
The memories are yours and mine.
I'll remember you my friend,
Just how much you meant to me,
So please don't grieve and don't be sad
It was just my time to leave.
We'll see each other, there's no doubt,
When there will be no sadness and no grief,
For now I am running and playing,
With happiness and peace.


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Mr. Misanthrope
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re: When do you know it’s time to put a pet down?
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This and chin's thread are making me cry. Damn it.

I've been rubbing my eyes and snuffing a bit myself.


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chinhoyang
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re: When do you know it’s time to put a pet down?
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If the Rainbow Bridge isn't real, I don't know what I'll do. I love cats and dogs too much.


I too hope the bridge is real. I've had some good dogs and cats.

When the vet told me about the little boy at the clinic holding Piper's head and telling her "it will be ok" as he sedated her, I didn't keep my composure. Vet said it made him tear up too - he really treated Piper well.


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When do you know it’s time to put a pet down?
it's time


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SSpaniel
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re: When do you know it’s time to put a pet down?
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When do you know it’s time to put a pet down?


When you ask the question. Then it's time.


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