Pet Euthanasia Is A Deeply Personal Choice
In the normal course of death, bereavement begins after demise. In some cases however, grief begins much earlier. For most pet owners, it begins the day they realize that a loved pet has to be put out of its sufferings – even though the actual loss may still be weeks or months away. This stage of grief is difficult because you cannot make an effort to get over something before it has happened; and no matter how bad you feel at this point you know that things are going to get worse – much worse before you can hope for closure.
Grief over impending loss becomes more complicated when there are difficult decisions to be made: How much treatment should you pursue? At what point should you discontinue treatment? At what point will treatment turn into trauma? At what point should you sign on the dotted line, and let your pet go free? Should you hold