Persistent and incurable inability to eat, vomiting, signs of pain, distress or discomfort, or difficulty in breathing are all indications that euthanasia should be considered. You and your family know your dog better than anyone else, so try to make a reasoned judgement on his or her quality of life.
He is experiencing chronic pain that cannot be controlled with medication (your veterinarian can help you determine if your pet is in pain). He has frequent vomiting or diarrhea that is causing dehydration and/or significant weight loss. He has stopped eating or will only eat if you force feed him.
If your pet is experiencing any or all of the following, s/he is experiencing a very poor quality of life:
A 13- to 15-year-old dog, depending on her size and health, is roughly equivalent to a 70- to 115-year-old person. While it’s expected for dogs to move a little slower as they age, make sure you still discuss any changes with your veterinarian to make sure there’s no underlying condition or illness to blame.
It’s one of the hardest calls animal lovers have to make: Is it time to put your pet down? There’s no right or wrong answer. It’s a personal matter for each pet owner. The goal is to keep your friend with you for as long as they are comfortable, but let them go if they are in pain.
A good end consists of three things: gratitude, the sharing of the favorite things, and goodbyes. Tell your dog how much he means to you, and what you’ve enjoyed about sharing a life with him. Thank him for being with you. Tell him what you love about him.
Some dogs will know their time is approaching and will look to their people for comfort. with love and grace means staying with your dog during these final hours, and reassuring them with gentle stroking and a soft voice. Take time off work, or from whatever else is going on. Don’t make your dog face the end alone.
Weight loss in itself is not an indication for euthanasia but if the cat’s body score falls to around 1.5 / 5 the cat is likely to feel weak, and lacking in energy. If there is no prospect of her gaining weight, you must consider euthanasia. If the body score falls further, to 1/5 then it is time to let her go.
Is my dog in pain?
The average lifespan of a dog is around 10 to 13 years. Small dogs generally live longer than large breeds, reaching up to 16 years or more. So, if you want many years with a canine, don’t opt for a giant breed.
Behavior Changes Some dogs will become restless, wandering the house and seeming unable to settle or get comfortable. Others will be abnormally still and may even be unresponsive. Your dog’s sleeping patterns may change. He may become cranky and difficult to handle, either due to pain or disorientation.
If you can’t have a healthy human-dog bond, then the end is most likely near. When your dog is suffering, you will have to make a decision about euthanasia. If your total score is above 35, then your dog’s quality of life is acceptable. If, however, your score is below 35, you should consider euthanasia.
If your conscience is happy with that, try this logical corollary: keeping your old, sick dog, or your unhappy, peeing cat, even if you don’t want them anymore, means a perfectly healthy and well-adjusted dog or cat at the shelter, who might otherwise have been adopted into your home, must be euthanized.
Bring the props—your dog’s favorite comforts. Feel free to play it on your phone during the euthanasia. Further, consider bringing along a favorite toy or “comfort” item. Finally, whether at home or at the veterinary hospital, your dog will be lying down for the euthanasia. Plan to use your dog’s favorite dog bed.