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Grey Area
02-09-2012, 11:47 AM (This post was last modified: 02-09-2012 11:48 AM by VincentUlyssis.)
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Hi Deb,

That's a tough decision that I hear about regularly from pet owner friends of mine. I have had pets in the past and fortunately never had to make such a decision (my childhood cat became the playtoy of a neighbor's German Shepherd).

It's very personal. Some families can afford large medical bills to keep the pet alive for six more months. I feel bad for those who can't afford it but do it out of guilt. Guilt is hardly ever a good reason to do anything. If the animal is suffering and will have to suffer through a recovery from a surgery with not much promise for many years of life, some might ask what the point is.

On the other hand some people feel like they are a member of the family and project human relationship qualities to the animal. I can certainly understand how they might feel.

It sounds like you have a very open and honest relationship with your family. How do the kids feel? Is the family witnessing the daily (and nightly) suffering of their beloved pet?

Can you hang on for six months to see how his health deteriorates (or not)?

My kids wanted a dog at one point and my wife and I resisted. We keep tropical fish now and when they die no one seems to care. Growing up my grandparents had a dog and a cat. It was traumatic for us to lose our furry friends.

I would think the vet's opinion should be a consideration as well. What does he/she say?
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Grey Area - debskis - 02-09-2012, 08:01 AM
RE: Grey Area - VincentUlyssis - 02-09-2012 11:47 AM
RE: Grey Area - Onebad70ss - 02-09-2012, 11:56 AM
RE: Grey Area - VincentUlyssis - 02-09-2012, 02:01 PM
RE: Grey Area - debskis - 02-09-2012, 02:18 PM
RE: Grey Area - Onebad70ss - 02-09-2012, 02:43 PM
RE: Grey Area - VincentUlyssis - 02-09-2012, 07:31 PM
RE: Grey Area - HardwareGrl - 02-09-2012, 06:26 PM
RE: Grey Area - 2Beers - 02-09-2012, 06:59 PM
RE: Grey Area - Scythe Matters - 02-09-2012, 10:44 PM
RE: Grey Area - burma.girl - 02-09-2012, 11:40 PM
RE: Grey Area - Counselor - 02-10-2012, 05:39 PM
RE: Grey Area - debskis - 02-10-2012, 07:46 PM
RE: Grey Area - VincentUlyssis - 02-11-2012, 06:14 AM
RE: Grey Area - Scythe Matters - 02-11-2012, 01:41 AM
RE: Grey Area - debskis - 02-28-2012, 10:51 AM
RE: Grey Area - N'awlins - 02-28-2012, 11:16 AM
RE: Grey Area - debskis - 03-03-2012, 02:46 PM
RE: Grey Area - RN-PRN - 03-03-2012, 06:24 PM
RE: Grey Area - RaoulDuke - 03-03-2012, 08:35 PM
RE: Grey Area - Scythe Matters - 03-04-2012, 03:10 AM
RE: Grey Area - 2Beers - 03-04-2012, 01:17 PM
RE: Grey Area - N'awlins - 03-05-2012, 11:48 AM
RE: Grey Area - Onebad70ss - 03-05-2012, 01:56 PM
RE: Grey Area - Nettie - 03-05-2012, 06:48 PM
RE: Grey Area - debskis - 03-05-2012, 06:57 PM
RE: Grey Area - knitterbookbinder - 03-06-2012, 07:22 PM
RE: Grey Area - Gungawoman - 03-05-2012, 07:13 PM
RE: Grey Area - RaoulDuke - 03-06-2012, 06:54 PM
RE: Grey Area - debskis - 03-07-2012, 07:39 AM
RE: Grey Area - Rey - 03-07-2012, 08:04 AM

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