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Difficult Decisions

by Diane H. Vair - Product Marketing Manager at Marshall Pet Products As pet owners, we've all had to face some difficult decisions when it comes to our pets. One of those decisions is to peacefully end a pet's life. I know this from personal experience, because I had to put my cat, Suki, down after 15 wonderful years. I adopted her from a shelter when she was 6 months old. She was a beautiful calico-tabby mix with bright Peridot green eyes. Suki, was a very nurturing cat - in fact she spent the first few months of her life being a pet therapy kitty. She had a penchant for plastic bags and she absolutely loved yogurt. I knew that Suki was slowing down in her senior years, but she was still as affectionate as ever, purring loudly when she was curling up on you and nudging you if you stopped petting her. I noticed that she didn't touch her food for an entire day so I immediately called our vet to get her examined. At this point I was optimistic that we could restore her health, so I agreed to take my seven year old daughter with me to the vet. This decision still haunts me, but life is not a carefully controlled event. After x-rays and exams, we were given a few options. As my eyes filled with tears, my daughter looked at me and started crying too, saying "Mommy let's just take Suki home. Why can't we take her home?" I don't know if I have ever felt more powerless than at that moment, but I knew that I had to make the right decision for so many reasons. We both held Suki for a long time before we said goodbye. Out vet was truly supportive of our decision, letting us know that we made the most compassionate and selfless choice.

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