Elderly dogs

@Krisss (1231)
Australia
July 5, 2007 6:58am CST
I have two elderly dogs, one is 14 the other 13. They are both still resonably healthy, one appears to have some degree of dementia. It really worries me that we will not know when it is time to make the final trip to the vet. How did you know when it was time to say goodbye to your pet?
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@madhuraks (425)
• Kuwait
5 Jul 07
We hv one dog.I grown up that, as it is our 1st dog we brought to our home & it is now 14yrs old.It is very much attached to us.It has good health but some times i get scared if some thing happens to him.We cant say at this age what happens to our pets.I cant imagine my life with out him.It is like one of our family member.We treat him as if he is a human & we talk to him as human he listens to us & he also understands what we are talking to him.
@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
5 Jul 07
That is exactly how my dogs are too, they are 100% part of the family. I cannot imagine life without them. I try and convince myself that so long as they die comfortably in their bed or our arms it will be ok.
@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
5 Jul 07
It is a horrible time when someone has to take an animal to the vet to be put to sleep, I had to have my cat put down a few years ago, she had kidney failure even though you know it is the best thing to do that your pet is suffering it is a horrible feeling to think it is you that is making the decision to end their life, I think it is the worst part of having pets.
@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
5 Jul 07
It absolutely is the worst part, they trust us and rely on us for everything and I dont want to fail them in this final responsibility.
• United States
5 Jul 07
Knowing when the time is right to say good-by to our pets can be a difficult decision to make. They are more than just a companion they become a part of our family. You know your pet better than anyone. You will know when to make that final trip if you are paying attention to him. Just remember that he is depending on you to make that decision when the time is right.
@peggysue (24)
• Philippines
5 Jul 07
It's sad to have to think that one day you will have to say goodbye to your most faithful friend. But every owner has to be ready to face the fact that, eventually, your pets will die. But now that they are still with you, just love them and they will be happy.