We've all been there. Our beloved pet is getting old. He's sleeping more, moving a little slower and he doesn't seem to be hearing as well. He still likes to play ball but not as vigorously as he used to and he tires more quickly. We start to wonder, is it time?
Having pets in our lives is a great joy. From the first introduction into our household to becoming part of the family to growing older, our pets are beside us every step of the way. We don't think about tomorrow or "what ifs". We just enjoy the time we have.
Our pets age many times faster than we do. A 10 year old dog or cat is about 56 human years and larger breed dogs age even more rapidly. So while our pets are still kittens or puppies in our hearts, they are actually quite a bit older.
What do we do when we are faced with the declining health of our pet? What factors come into play in deciding when is the right time and how far do we go? The decision is a very personal one and different for each pet owner.
It all comes down to quality of life. Quality of life is very subjective. It depends on your pet's disease process, his/her personality and your own personal beliefs. There are, however, some things to consider when evaluating the quality of your pet's life.