Note: In case you’re wondering, this post isn’t about Doc. He is very much alive and after all is only 2, still stinky and a bit annoying, but thankfully very healthy!
I try to catch Super Vet on Channel 4 when I can. I like watching animal stories and how the amazing Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick and his team help our special furry friends with cases that are deemed too difficult for your local vet to deal with.
Funnily enough, Doc likes to watch it with me. Of course, he just likes to sit with me when I’m in front of the TV, so I doubt it’s because he likes watching it too, but you’ll never know right?
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It’s not always miracle stories of course, Super Vet has also featured stories where sadly, in spite of Noel’s expertise, there’s just absolutely nothing to be done to save their lives. I’ve seen a few episodes where because of their age (too young to die), the owners tell Noel to do all they can in spite being warned that they might still in the end have to be put down, or in worse case scenarios, die during or even after surgery.
Which brings me to ask, when do we let go? When do we say enough is enough?
I’ve written about how we were put in this situation before, so I know how difficult it is. Before Doc, we had a dog that had to be put down because of bone cancer age 11. His name was Mutley. Till now I feel guilty and wonder did we make the right decision? Should we have fought harder for Mutt? I don’t think he would’ve liked it though with just one leg, although I’ve read stories online about dogs with only one leg who still managed to live life to the fullest. And yes, reading about them makes me feel guilty all over again.
Would you do all you can for your beloved pet?
Or would you just let go?