Originally Posted by DAYDREAMER
There's a huge grey zone on when to put an animal down, but they will enter a red zone, where there's no doubt. Only the owner will know this, and we each have our own red zones where we will not allow our beloved pet to suffer.
Our dog developed cancer and we faced the "when" question for several weeks.
Our vet had told us that when it is time you will know. He was quite right.
Knowing that the end could come quickly we had scouted a 24hr vet clinic and had been assured they would be there for us at any time. Our time was New Years Day.
The facility was very nice and the staff even nicer. They took our dog in to be prepped while we waited in a small private room. A few minutes later they wheeled her in on a gurney. She had a catheter in her leg and had been given some pretty potent pain meds. The tech told us we could stay as long as we wanted. When the time came the drugs were administered and she peacefully passed in our arms. I could not have been more grateful to the folks at that clinic.
It's difficult for me to tell this story, but my point is to emphasize how prior planning can take some of the sting out of this highly unpleasant experience.