Q. My dog has lost 1/3 of her weight, is incontinent, and sleeps more than usual. Blood test indicates bad kidneys and liver. Should she be euthanized?

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A. My best advice to someone in your situation is to consider your pet's quality of life. If everything medical has been done to treat their condition and they are still feeling reasonably well, eating, drinking and behaving more or less as they always have, then let them be comfortable and happy as long as they can. When the sickness overtakes their existence and they're spending most of their time uncomfortable, in pain, not wanting to eat or play, then I feel that is a good time to say goodbye. I've faced this with my own animals in the past and will again. It's never an easy thing to do, but when you're ending their suffering, it's the right thing to do.

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