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Old 06-23-2013, 09:51 AM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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We get asked this question here all the time and I found this this morning. I hope it helps some with the question.

How to Tell If It's Time to Euthanize Your Pet - ABC News
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Old 06-23-2013, 10:12 AM
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thanks no kudzu, i ve been struggling with this question for my dog for the past 2 weeks. it takes a great deal of inner strength to let our animals go when they are suffering.
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Old 06-23-2013, 01:46 PM
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We always said that when the dogs couldn't eat, pee, poop, or walk (notice the "or") anymore, we would have that serious decision to make. Jimmy coiuldn't really do any of those things on the morning we took him in to see if he had a cracked rib. He had so many other problems like dental, arthritis, stomach -- I thought he was ready to go. I really did think he had cracked a rib, but the radiographs showed something else: bone cancer in his lower spine. There was no decision to grapple with. He made it for us, and still, there is nothing more surreal or more gutting.

But you can get better. Whether it's with another dog or some other way, you get better if you allow your departed dog to help guide you through it. I don't believe we nurture these incredible bonds with our pets, only to have Nature/God/Whatever shred them when one body dies. In fact, I could swear I felt Jimmy and Hallie nagging at me about something just last night, and as usual, they were right.
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