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Knowing when it's time to say goodbye...

We've all been there. Our beloved pet is getting old. He's sleeping more, moving a little slower and he doesn't seem to be hearing as well. He still likes to play ball but not as yorkie freevigorously as he used to and he tires more quickly. We start to wonder, is it time?

Having pets in our lives is a great joy. From the first introduction into our household to becoming part of the family to growing older, our pets are beside us every step of the way. We don't think about tomorrow or "what ifs". We just enjoy the time we have.

Our pets age many times faster than we do. A 10 year old dog or cat is about 56 human years and larger breed dogs age even more rapidly. So while our pets are still kittens or puppies in our hearts, they are actually quite a bit older.

What do we do when we are faced with the declining health of our pet?  What factors come into play in deciding when is the right time and how far do we go?   The decision is a very personal one and different for each pet owner.

It all comes down to quality of life. Quality of life is very subjective. It depends on your pet's disease process, his/her personality and your own personal beliefs. There are, however, some things to consider when evaluating the quality of your pet's life.

September: The Labrador Retriever

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The Labrador's lineage goes back to 16th century Newfoundland.  This dog was the fisherman's working dog, helping to carry ropes to boats and retrievinng fishing nets in the water.  The labrador's predessor, the St. John's water dog, had tuxedo markings of a white chest, feet, chin and muzzle.  This trait will occasionally be expressed in our modern day labradors as a white spot on the chest (known as a medallion), or stray white hairs on the feet or muzzle. 
 
Valued for it's loyal and brave personality, the labrador retriever is the quinesential dog.  Friends with everyone, the labrador makes a great family dog.  Labradors love being outdoors and need plenty of exercise.  They are excellent at the job they were bred to do, which is retrieving.  If your family is not one of hunters, then labradors would love to retrieve sticks and balls to fullfill that natural instinct. 
 
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Westgate Pet Clinic provides veterinary services to the Edina and Minneapolis area.
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