In this week’s Ask the Vet column in the San Francisco Chronicle, SFVS’s Erin Adkins, DVM, answered a reader’s question about euthanasia:
My 15-year-old cocker spaniel is extremely arthritic and, as a result, quite lame. He frequently stumbles, his interest in food has declined and lately he’s taken to sleeping behind the bushes (something he’s never done before). He doesn’t appear to be in any obvious pain, although he seems to be going downhill quite suddenly. Should I wait for him to worsen or do I need to make a painful decision?
- For Dr. Adkins’ answer, visit: Dog owner faces euthanasia decision (San Francisco Chronicle)
- For pet loss support resources in the Bay Area and beyond, visit: Grieving the Loss of a Cherished Pet (The San Francisco SPCA)