I've recently had to make a very difficult decision regarding my dog's health. I did a lot of research, and came to a decision, which I think is best for my pet. I've decided to give her the most comfortable time she has left. She was spoiled before, but watch out. I'm going to go through sooo many treats. She's 13 years old, arthritic, and I don't want her last remaining months to be spent recovering from a really invasive surgery.
The decision was a painful one, but I know in the end she will be better off. Today I listened to last weekend's This American Life, and it made me see my choice in a really stark way. The episode was called "Death and Taxes," and I really only listened to the first half - Death. It focused on nurses in palliative care. The stories of people spending months in hospice care, going through excruciating pain at the end of their lives was incredibly moving.
Here's what I walked away with. When my dog is in constant pain and in misery I can make the decision to end her life in a peaceful way. This is not an option for those dying in hospice care, people who are in so much pain they cannot even speak coherently. I know the topic of euthanasia is somewhat taboo, but this just seems so fucked up. We are literally forcing people to live out horribly painful end-of-life scenarios, while ending the lives of pets in the same painful end-of-life situations because it's the "humane" thing to do. I really don't see the logic in this.