Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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It is such a difficult thing to do. But, it is also the most loving, selfless thing one can do for a beloved pet. I suggest that you or your husband let his parents know that you are available to drive them WHENEVER they feel the time is right. That way they can hold and comfort their pet without worrying about driving to the vet. You could also volunteer to make the vet appt. on their behalf because it is sometimes difficult for those closest to the pet to even make the call to the vet.
His parents might feel better simply taking the dog back to their vet and asking if he/she believes the animal is in pain or suffering. They can still make the decision to return home, but may be in a better position to decide if the time is right. Also, if they have never made the decision to put an animal to sleep, it might be helpful for them to learn that the doctor can give the dog a sedative and allow them to spend time petting and talking to the dog before giving the injection that will take them into a peaceful sleep.
Since the dog has cancer, it is likely that the dog's refusal to eat or walk is a real indication that the dog is at the end of his life, and will not be getting better. Again, their vet can help them make this determination. Give them all the support they need to help them provide their beloved beagle with a peaceful end. I pray they will know when the time is right.