PLEASE, when you have a child, whether it be human, or animal. Keep your commitment to cherish, love, and take care of them until they get to achieve heaven!!! It is your responsibility.
I have six horses, and believe me, there are health challenges along the way. Especially, because they are all of different ages. My Gator is 20+ in years and has arthritis, and has lived through founder/laminitis.
I believe that you LOVE your animals, you love your loved ones. You DO NOT put to sleep your loved ones for their arthritis. Their pain for walking. This is not up to you, and I sure will never be one to have an opinion on this. This is THEIR, THEIR, THEIR, choice!!! Not someone else, but, their's!!!!
Gator, my guy. My Partner. He is 20 + now. He had some trouble with his Arther - righteous! He told him what he could do today, and came through.
I just want to say, I am not to say when human/or animal is ready to see heaven. My Brewer gal doggie has a ton of this going on but her eyes are bright and there is NO giving up!
The point: She has a point?
Don't kid yourself. We are all getting older. Our animal friends are too. Don't put them aside then.
They deserve your love until the end. Just like people.
That's the POINT.
I love my Gator, and he will be taken care of here on my farm forever.
The photograph below is him having an attitude. He has one, and it gets more prominent
as each day goes on. But, you know what? I love it.