This is never an easy time for any pet parent and it’s one of the hardest decisions ever to make. We know our animals so well but once our heartstrings are pulled and emotions are heightened, we start to doubt ourselves. The most common question I get asked is… ‘when will I know it’s time?’
Unless you can see that their physical pain is unmanageable and know their health condition will continue to deteriorate, then the decision is made for you. But what if your animal is hiding their pain?
One of the ways I share with clients is to look at your pet’s quality of life.
- Are they still engaging with you and family?
- Are they sleeping settled?
- Are they eating and drinking easily?
- Can they go to the toilet by themselves?
- Are they enjoying being around?
If you mainly answer YES to the above questions, then they’ve still got quality of life and most probably want to be around.
- Are they pacing?
- Is it difficult for them to settle into sleeping?
- Constantly waking up
- Giving you a look like they’re trying to tell you something
- Not engaging
- Hiding away
- Eating / drinking sporadically
- Grumpy all the time and sometimes aggressive
- Hardly moving around
- Soiling themselves constantly
If you mainly get a YES to the above, then I’d suggest a check-in with your vet and see if they can assist with what’s going on. If your vet says all that can be done has been, then it’s time to start preparing yourself emotionally and mentally. We do need time to process this as we come to a decision.
Another way is connecting with an Animal Communicator so they can communicate with your pet and find out how they’re handling everything AND what they’re wanting to do. It’s a two-way conversation between pet parents and their pet where they can truly get their messages across to each other. It’s such a cathartic experience to be able to talk to your pet at this time.
The one thing I always point out to pet parents at this time is that our animals rely on us to be strong and loving with them, help them in feeling safe in the moment and most of all, holding the space for them during this time. Sometimes having these precious moments where we’re so present, creates such a deeper heart connection where we’re truly connecting to them in the moment and this is what our animals love best – heart-to-heart connections.