Letting Go of Fido: Signs It’s Time to Put Down Your Pet


Pets are our source of happiness and act as our companions, particularly if we live alone. Once you’ve experienced having a feline friend or a canine companion, life without them would be unimaginable, which in turn makes letting them “pass on” extremely difficult.

Euthanasia is a humane way to end a pet’s life, and in a way, it is also a gift since it ends all suffering. So, if you’re strained, weighing your options, and trying to decide which course of action is best, here are some of the signs which suggest that it is time:

Having an Incurable Disease

If Fido constantly suffers because of a certain illness, like cancer, and if it happens to make his life extremely difficult and constantly in pain, then it’s definitely time. If the ailment is curable, then consider shelling out resources for his treatment – and if it’s not available, you can always initiate a crowdfunding campaign online. If it is otherwise and causes chronic suffering, then consider euthanasia.

No Longer “Living”

Let’s say Kelsey the cat is 16 years old. The last few weeks have been hard on her, and she’s getting progressively weak. Noticeably, she’s no longer playing with her fish pole toy, getting thinner due to refusing food, and barely leaves her bed. Certain pets will show signs that the end is inevitable, like Kelsey: she’s a ghost of her former self and is visibly in pain. The best you can do for her is to end it.

Treatment Isn’t Working

If you can’t stand seeing your dog Max severely suffering and in pain from a chronic disease, then it’s time to weigh your options. Let’s say you tried all remedies and called every veterinarian from across the state and nothing worked: Max is still sick. If this is the case, you need to wave the white flag.

She’s Going to Suffer

Let’s say that Fifi is still bright, happy, and alert, but has been diagnosed with a life-threatening condition which will get progressively worse. Sometimes, it’s best to end a life before it starts to get worse. Bear in mind that the treatment and medicine required to keep her happy may cost a lot – in situations like these, you need to reflect and think clearly.

In Pain and Dying

Tragedies happen even in the happiest of times. It was a routine Saturday morning, when you suddenly heard a scream and a loud noise: your dog, Mika, was struck by a car that went out of control and crashed into your driveway. You will likely break down at the sight of your dog lying the rubble, bloody, mangled and at death’s door, yelping and screaming in pain.

In this situation, do not let your emotions get the best of you: handle her delicately, and drive to the nearest animal hospital. Your vet will let you know the extent of the damage, and if there is little hope, end her suffering. These kinds of experiences will scar you for life, but making the decision in this case is a lot easier.


Overall, the thought of parting with your pet is unthinkable, but it’s one of the things that come with being a dog owner. It’s horrible, and it’s an experience and a pain we all share. Regardless, your pet wouldn’t want you to grovel and cry – he or she would want you to be happy, as you’ve always been when they were around.

Here’s a pre-death story about Duke the dog guaranteed to make you cry a river.

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