If you’ve ever had to make your decision to help your pet end their suffering. You know that pet euthanasia is the hardest decision a pet owner has to make.
Getting a tiny puppy or kitten or adopting an adult pet is fun. Taking care of them is a privilege. Playing with them is pure joy. Having their friendship is heart-warming. Seeing them sick or in pain, is incredibly difficult.
Deciding to have your sick pet euthanized allow them dignity and to avoid more suffering associated with their illness. Knowing this doesn’t make it emotionally easier.
Some pet owners want to stay with their pet when they go. But not all.
There are pet owners who prefer not to be there when their pet passes. It is understandable, that you don’t want to watch someone you love dying. But is leaving them dying alone better? What happens with them when they are left with the vet.
What Happens Before Your Pet Passes
The Hillcrest Veterinary Hospital recently shared a heartbreaking post to help you understand what happens to a pet when they are euthanized. To be honest, it is tough and tear-jerking read, but it is the responsibility of every pet owner to read it.
The post says:
“Do not make them transition from life to death in a room full of strangers, in a place they don’t like. The thing people need to know that most of you don’t is that they search for you when you leave them behind.”
Other vets, such as Dr. Evan Shaw agreed. While vets help many pets to health, they also euthanize them and watch the end of their life. Dr. Shaw explains that clients who don’t stay with their pets tend to regret it. In fact, this becomes their biggest regret later and makes the grieving process more difficult.
Another vet said that 90 percent of owners don’t want to be in the room when they get injected. This may feel easier for the owner, but the animal’s last moments are spent frantically looking for their human.
Not all animals are so lucky to even have an owner. Those animals possible have never known love from a human or have lost it long ago. Their last moments can be just as loveless.
If your pet is lucky enough to have your love, consider staying with them through their last moments. It may make it more difficult for your temporarily, but it will make an enormous difference in their last moments, and will make your grieving easier in the long-run as well.
Dealing with Grief
When your pet passes, you will experience grief. Explaining what happened to your children can be even tougher. It may be even more difficult for them to process. Don’t take this lightly. Seeking support from family and friends, or even in your community or online can make an enormous difference. Talk to someone who is non-judgemental, receptive, and empathic. Feel your feelings instead of shutting it down. Remember the wonderful times you’ve spent with your pet and treasure the memories forever.
Give your pet the most love and the best life possible. If it’s their time to go, be with them until the very end to show them love and support, and save yourself some regret.
Have you ever had a pet pass away? Did you stay with them until the final moments? How did you experience and deal with grief? Do you have tips for other pet owners? Share your experiences in the comments. We would love to hear from you.