Things To Think About When Making Tough Decisions On Behalf Of Your Pet
Having a pet is a big responsibility. If you take on a pet you need to be aware that at some point they may become unwell and you might have to make big decisions about their health. You can never fully be prepared for when your pet gets sick, but there are some things to think about to help you make the right decisions. Whatever decision you make will most likely be the right one. Here are some things to think about when making tough decisions on behalf of your pet.
Are they suffering
The main thing you need to consider is whether or not your pet is suffering. If they are in pain do not delay treatment. Take them to the vet straight away and find out the best way to make them feel more comfortable.
What is best for them, not you
Try to make decisions based on what is best for your pet rather than yourself. For example if a treatment might make them look a certain way that doesn’t matter as long as they are not in pain.
What are all the options
Before making any decision regarding your pet’s health make sure you have considered all the options. Get the vet to explain all the potential options to you including the benefits and drawbacks of each option. You need to be armed with enough information to be able to make an informed decision.
Do you have the funds/are you insured?
You might want to ring up your insurance company and check whether or not they will insure your pet for the proposed treatment. If you don’t have insurance then you will need to find out exactly how much the treatment will cost.
Is it worth getting a second opinion
In some cases it can be worth going to another vet or a specialist to get a second opinion. If you are trying to make a big decision it helps to get the opinion of a few different experts.You will then feel more confident about your final decision.
Try not to be swayed by friends, you know what’s best for your pet
Sometimes our friends and family try to offer support by giving you their opinions. You can take their advice on board but the final decision should be yours alone because you know your pet the best.
When the time comes…
Someday you might have to think about putting your pet down. It’s a gut wrenching experience and one of the toughest decisions you will make. You need to think about your pet’s quality of life. There is no point in making them suffer for longer than necessary. Some pet owners leave it too long with the best intentions and because they love their pet. Your vet will advise you on the right thing to do but at the end of the day you have the final call.