Dealing with the impending loss of a beloved pet is one of the most difficult circumstances for a pet parent. As your pet's health declines due to age or illness, it's necessary to weigh all of your options, make sure your pet is getting the care he/she needs, and most importantly, ensure that your pet is not suffering.
Not every pet will exhibit an outward sign that they are suffering, like wincing, wimpering, growling or meowing. Watch for behavioral signs such as excessive panting, shortness of breath, hiding or being reclusive, sleeping longer than normal, and aggression. Sometimes, pets will eat or drink normally even when in pain, but often they will be pickier than usual or not eat/drink as they would usually.
A professional veterinary assessment of your pet's health/condition can help evaluate the necessity for changes, whether introducing (or increasing or discontinuing) medication, exploring palliative care, addressing incontinence issues, etc.
Euthanasia is always a difficult decision. It can, however, be a peaceful end for a beloved pet who is suffering. Dr. Peters has performed hundreds of home euthanasias on both dogs and cats over the past 7 years. He feels that it is absolutely the kindest, least stressful (for all), and most dignified way to say goodbye to a beloved pet. Please feel free to call Dr. Peters if you wish to schedule a home euthanasia, or simply discuss it in more detail...even if it's a decision that won't need to be made until sometime in the future.