At some point, every pet begins the necessary journey toward end of life. For most pet owners, we have watched our beloved companion grow from precocious youngster into golden-years snuggler. Because of our love for our furry friend, we may want to hold on, despite signs of growing weakness or suffering.
There will be days when that old spark or a glimmer of light in the eyes gives us a bit of hope that we have more time with our pet. Yet, we are tasked with an enormous decision and responsibility–recognizing the signs that quality of life has eroded too far, or that end of life is near–and making the decision to say goodbye to our four-legged family member.