The euthanasia question

When pet owners struggle with the choice of deciding when it's time to euthanize, suggest this exercise.
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Feb 01, 2013
By dvm360.com staff

When pet owners struggle with the choice of deciding when it's time to euthanize, suggest this exercise.

> Put two jars on the counter. One jar is for good days and the other for bad days.

> Drop a coin in the proper jar each day to track the pet's well-being.

> If, after a week or so, the bad days overwhelm the good days, it may be time to consider euthanasia.

Most people know what to do before they even begin this exercise. However, once clients make a decision, they tend to doubt themselves, and often on the big day the pet will seem better. It happens all the time, and clients change their minds, only to find sorrow again the next day. In these cases, pose this gentle question: "Wouldn't you rather your last day together be a happy one?"