How do I decide if now is the time to say goodbye to my best friend?
Chester is a yellow Lab who I love as much as my human children. He has been my loyal companion and best friend for more than 13 years. He is "My Best Bud", "Chester the Protector", and "My Love".
Chester has a heart condition - his health is failing. Although I don't think he's "in pain", I can tell he does not feel good, so I must decide which path to take:
1. I could take him to a specialist - a cardiologist, or
2. I could have him put to sleep, or
3. I could do nothing and let nature take its course.
He has already exceeded the average lifespan for his breed - my vet called him "ancient". I feel that having him put to sleep would be the best thing for him, but I am having an extremely hard time making the decision. This has been ongoing for two weeks (trying to make the decision), and he just continues to slowly worsen. How do I know that now is the time to say goodbye to my best friend?
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