Because your pet may have a different bond with the members of its family there is potential for conflict when making decisions about how and when to say goodbye. Typically, family pets have one primary caregiver. That person usually has the best understanding of the pet’s health and how they are living their lives. Often, disputes arise when a family member or friend has a strong emotional bond to the pet, but not involved in care. In these cases family counseling and veterinary consultation can be beneficial so that additional perspective can be added to what will be best for the pet.