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Pet tips
June 03, 2013, 05:00 AM By Scott Delucchi

It’s the question none of us want to consider: When is the right time to say goodbye to a loved animal companion? We’re often asked by local residents and friends to weigh in on this and we seldom feel comfortable giving a definitive answer. Instead, we try to help people come to a decision on their own. We may ask them to consider their pet’s quality of life. For example, do they still enjoy the things they have always enjoyed, like going for a walk, eating, getting snacks, chasing a string and receiving your attention? Does it appear they have much pain when they move and go about their daily activities? Are they able to go to the bathroom without complications? There is no chart that says if you answered yes or no to these questions, it’s time to say goodbye. The decision is entirely personal and individual. We do know that many people wait too long, and understand why. For one, even when our pets are near the very end, we see signs of their younger, healthier times and are encouraged. We see a good day mixed in with several bad days. For two, making that decision is incredibly difficult. As a society, we choose to say goodbye to a loved pet when their quality of life is diminished, but we keep the people in our lives alive as long as we possibly can. While we can’t make this decision for you, we can offer some help once you’ve reached it. You can bring your loved pet to PHS/SPCA. Of all the services we provide, our euthanasia services are among the most appreciated. And, for pet owners having a difficult time after losing a pet, we offer a free Pet Loss Grief Support group which meets monthly and is led by a professional counselor. For more information, call 650/340-7022, ext. 344.


Scott oversees PHS/SPCA’s Customer Service, Behavior and Training, Education, Outreach, Field Services, Cruelty Investigation, Volunteer and Media/PR program areas and staff. His companion, Murray, oversees him. 



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