Humans by nature are very sociable creatures – it is both our greatest source of strength and also our greatest weakness. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that when we lose someone closest to us, be it a fellow human – or a pet – we’ll always feel that loss keenly. And while we have zero control – for the most part – of how we humans “go” – we, as pet owners, are in the unique position of having to decide when it’s time to say goodbye to them, a process called humane euthanasia.

But it is always difficult no matter what.

Many of us who keep pets in our homes view them as family members – and we treat them as such. So it is always disheartening to see signs that they are weakening, aging and/or are sick – we too lose something of ourselves as well. We will always try to give them the best care possible. But what happens when we – and they – can no longer get better? How would you know when is the right time for them to sleep the final sleep?

I’ve found this video from Veterinarian Lawrence McAfee, from the McAfee Animal Hospital on YouTube, and he helps break it down in a simple and concise way:

Source: McAfeeAnimalHospital

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