AAH, #37 Knowing when to let your pet go.

hi welcome back to caddy Animal Hospital

and dr. Michelle Cahill so this is our

last video kind of wrapping up our

series of seniors senior pet care and

this week I thought we would talk about

something that none of us like to think

about we don't talk about a whole lot

but it's still it's a question I get

every single week and that is how do I

know when it's time to let my pet go and

that is you know something none of us

like to think about if we have seen your

pets but it it does it does happen and

then and we need to deal with that when

it does so there are certain guidelines

I try to to follow about you know what I

think is good quality of life and in

decent care at the end of end-of-life

and some of those things can be pet you

know kay is he still liking to eat or

are you having to you know force them to

eat and they're like avoiding food then

that's that's not so good but if they're

still eating you know that's that's a

good thing also how well can they get

around if you know they can relatively

get around the bathroom okay then that's

we're still doing okay we're still good

if they have a great difficulty getting

up and getting around that can

definitely affect their quality of life

and especially large breed dogs nursing

the providing nursing care for a large

breed dog at the end of their life can

be very difficult

things I have seen is with large breed

dogs if they go down and they can't get

back up they just give up and it is time

another another criteria I try to follow

is you know are they having any dementia

symptoms are they aware of how much is

going on there pretty much with it most

of the time then we're still having a

decent quality of life but if they're

not really aware you know aware of us

very well or you know we come home from

work or whatever and they're not happy

to see us anymore then that definitely

is is negative and tells me that they're

not having a good quality of life

anymore you know how much pain are they

in are they there arthritis so bad that

they just you know sleep 23 hours of the

day or more and just have a lot of

difficulty again getting up

around and every pet is is different

with this you know if I had personally

if I had my way I would love it if all

my senior patients just went home to

their own beds and and passed away in

their sleep but unfortunately that that

just doesn't happen for some of our pets

and definitely for those they have

certain chronic diseases they just don't

pass away peacefully like that and we do

have to choose to end their suffering

and in put them to sleep and some when

when we when we do that process

sometimes we do it here in the clinic

sometimes we'll go to the owners home

sometimes the owners want to stay with

the pets sometimes they don't there's no

right or wrong answer to that if an

owner just cannot be can't just doesn't

feel like they can be there a third pet

we do talk to them

you know trying to make them feel like

their love and care for it in this last

last few minutes out there through life

again this is not something that you

know we like to think about it or talk

about it that it is an important part of

what I do is to provide in of life care

for these senior pets that have given

their lives to us and taking care of

them in their last you know last days is

very important to me so again I think

that's it and we will see you back next

week goodbye