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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Deciding to euthanize a beloved pet can be one of the most difficult decisions a pet owner can make. When a pet becomes too ill to enjoy life or to function properly, euthanasia is a humane option.

Dr. Rebecca McComas, of MN Pets joined KARE 11 with some ideas on recognizing when it's time to say goodbye.

McComas says nearly two-thirds of us share our home with a pet. We all know that for every "hello" there will be a "goodbye". Dogs and cats live on average little more than a decade so anyone who has had a pet knows that goodbye comes sooner than we wish.

When a pet reaches the end of life, we have the option of relieving their suffering with euthanasia. Dr. McComas says the pet is most relaxed and comfortable – at home.

One of the most difficult aspects of the euthanasia decision is knowing when it's time. Dr. McComas has put together a helpful article "Knowing When It's Time to Say Goodbye" to help pet owners in making the best decision for their pet.

The grief people feel when they lose a beloved pet is often profound, as much or more than the loss of a human family member. And yet there is often not nearly as much support available to them – family, friends and community. Pet owners may suffer with their grief alone. This is known as disenfranchised grief.

MN Pets offers one-on-one counseling, a Grief Support Group, and a Collage Workshop to help pet owners heal from the loss of a beloved pet.

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