We want to be with our pets until the very end. After all the years spent loving and caring for our four-legged pals, you may be faced with the difficult decision of saying goodbye. How do you when that time comes though? As tough as it may be to call it, you should be prepared and learn to spot these indicators to help you evaluate your beloved companion’s quality of life.


#1: Your pet does not enjoy interacting with the family

Pets are meant to be family companions, and they typically enjoy the interaction. But, if your pet is shunning any contact and appears withdrawn, consider their quality of life.


#2: Your pet refuses to eat or drink

Encouraging an ill pet to eat and drink can be challenging even with appetite stimulants and diet changes. And, while feeding tubes and fluid therapy can help, they’re not long-term options.


#3: Your pet is in pain or unable to move without help

Medications and alternative therapies can go a long way toward making your pet comfortable and mobile, but they have limits. If your pet is still in pain or can no longer move around for daily activities despite medication or other therapies, it may be time to let them go.


#4: Your pet no longer shows interest in their favorite activities

Although your pet’s body may hold them back from a rousing game of fetch or scaling their climbing tower, they may still be interested in other activities. However, if your pet appears to be depressed and fails to show interest in any activities, they likely are no longer enjoying their life.


#5: Your pet is incontinent or needs assistance eliminating

Fecal and urinary incontinence are challenging to manage in a large dog and can create hygiene issues in any size pet. Some pets may even need their bladder expressed, which is a serious commitment on the pet owner’s part.


We want to provide you with the support you need to give your loved one a respectful and peaceful goodbye. We at the Hackettstown Animal Hospital are here to help guide you through the process. Contact our team for an examination and consultation.