We all know our animal buddies can’t stay with us forever, though it would be great if they could. There comes a time when you must decide whether to put your pet to sleep, so you may ask yourself, how do you handle putting your dog down?
As veterinarians and pet parents, we are tasked with keeping our furry family members happy and healthy for as long as possible. But dogs have a shorter lifespan than people, and no matter how well we care for them, eventually, we will have to deal with end-of-life decisions, whether it is due to old age or illness. In the veterinary community, we have the option to help our patients leave this world with dignity and without suffering. So, is it humane to put down a dog?
One of the most challenging decisions pet owners must make is when to put their dog to sleep. The sad reality of pet ownership is that dogs live much shorter lives than most people. So, how do you know when to put your dog down?