Sadly, this is a question many pet owners eventually face, and the answer is not easy. When a pet has a critical illness with an uncertain prognosis, whether the right decision is to move forward or not can only be determined by the pet’s family. The decision you make in such a circumstance is one you will have to live with. Euthanasia is sometimes the best decision for your pet, but there may be available treatments that can get your pet past this issue.
Whenever your pet is showing signs of a health issue your first step is to contact your primary care veterinarian. If it is indicated that your pet may suffer from a serious condition, a veterinary specialist is available at an ExpertVet certified hospital.
In every case of this sort, it is important that you are informed that there are Veterinary Specialists that are highly and specifically trained to know all of the diagnostic and treatment options available. It is probably good for your decision making, and peace of mind, to consult an appropriate specialist about your pet’s condition and prognosis.
Once you are confident you have the best advice at your disposal, it is good to answer certain questions, maybe with the help of your veterinarian and family. Those questions include:
- What can we expect my pet’s quality of life to be if treatments are successful?
- What are the odds of full recovery?
- If my pet is suffering, will treatment be able to diminish the suffering?
- Am I financially capable of financing the needed care?
- If we elect not to treat, will we feel that we made the best decision for our pet?
In the end the decision is yours to make. Your pet’s condition, age and prognosis as well as your finances are unique to you and thus only you can rightly make the decision. By taking the time to consider these questions in the light of full information from a Board-Certified Veterinary Specialist, you will put yourself in the best position to make a decision that you can feel good about.