Our expert says:
I am really sorry to hear about your friends. Our pets are living longer and so they are developing diseases of older animals. When I am confronted with questions like the one you have posed I ask another question in reply: when it comes to terminally ill patients, who is benefititng from them being kept alive. If the pet is benefitting then that is fine as long as the benefit is real. If we keep terminally ill animals alive for our benefit, is it fair on the animal? I am sure that you have both your pets best interest at heart, that's why you asked the question. In my opinion and experience the owner of the pet is the best person to say when it is time to say goodbye. Taking this decision requires a lot of emotional energy and that is why if a client with a terminally ill patient (for which there is no treatment) requests euthanasia I will perform that request and not try and convince them to keep the pet alive. After all both these pets have had a long life that was probably very enjoyable and to prolong the inevitable and maybe cause further discomfort would not be fair on them or you. Euthenasia is final and the procedure is never undertaken lightly, however we have been given the authority to perform this procedure that ends suffering of both the pet and devoted owner. With regards to the pet who has Adissons. If the disease is under control and the animal bright and happy it may not be time to say goodbye. Your own vet has aboviously seen your pets often and is in a better position to advise you on that decision. Saying goodbye to a longstanding pet friend is always hard but sometimes necessasry.
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