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Lena
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I know how hard this decision is. A little over a year ago we had to make it with my little almost 15 year old dog Mel. He had cancer that had returned after two years but his main symptoms was that he was up every half hour all night. My largest issue was he was pretty good during the day however my sanity was going. I was able to help him for awhile with some of the times I recommend but there reached a time when nothing was working anymore and I was going crazy.

Sometime dementia and anxiety reach a point where nothing works and we know they are only getting worse. I think it is different dog to dog when the right time is. For me working with a shaman Rose DeDan towards the end helped me realize that Mel was clearly ready to go as well. He didn’t want to live he life in the way he was living it and he didn’t feel very good even though he was somewhat ok during the day.

With both my dogs that I have lost over the last three years dementia was a large part of their decline. I was amazed that within the sadness over their lose there was also a large sense of relief. I realized when they were gone and could remember them in their prime easier how much they were suffering through their dementia and I was glad I was able to let them go before it got worse.

Sometimes euthanasia, while hard, is one of the greatest gifts we can give our animal companions in the end.