There comes an extremely difficult time in pet owners’ lives when they feel obligated to end the suffering of their beloved pet. This decision is one that needs to be made by the person closest to the pet. Our veterinarians are available to give medical advice to the owner to inform them of the progression of the disease or the success rate of available treatments; however, you know your pet the best and can provide the best answer of whether he/she is still enjoying life.
For many of us, we never “know” in our hearts when the right time is as we often hear many people saying. We are never really ready to say good-bye. However, many pet owners choose euthanasia because they do not want their pet to suffer any longer. Pet owners struggle with this decision because we are torn between wanting to end the suffering while trying to keep our pet with us as long as possible.
Rest assured that you are not alone in your decision. We are available to advise you medically of your pet’s health and well-being; and, unfortunately, each and every one of us has been where your are right now. Our veterinarians and staff know the love and compassion that our animals give us and it is the most difficult decision to choose to end the life of our pet. However, it is an act of love to put our selfish needs aside and give them a peaceful, quiet passage from life.
If you have never been through this process before or if you have never had our veterinarians perform the euthanasia, you might want to know what to expect. We will give you the option to be present for the euthanasia if you choose. We schedule these procedures at the end of appointments so our staff is not rushed and you do not feel rushed to leave the exam room. If you want to be present, we will take the pet to the back to insert a catheter. We understand that you may want to hold your pet while he/she passes; however, if you feel that you will be overwhelmed, you may want to consider having us perform the procedure in the back. In no way are any of us expecting the owner not to cry. As pet-lovers, we have never become “hardened” to this process; however, we do feel that an owner that is so upset that the pet becomes anxious and scared should opt not to be present to allow the pet a peaceful passing. We find that when the owner knows he/she is committing a great act of love and is at peace with the decision and is ready to be strong for the final moments, it will provide a peaceful passing for the pet. We are also trying to stay strong for you and your pet for those final moments as this is never easy for any of us. After the pet has passed, you may feel a wave of grief and relief wash over you and that is alright. You may have the room to yourself as you experience these complex emotions.
Hopefully, you will find the links below helpful to review as you are ready. And remember we are available to guide you through this process.
Pet Loss Support: www.pet-loss.net
Pet Loss Support Page by Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed. A helpful collection of articles for pet owners who are experiencing pet loss or are in the midst of making the painful decision to euthanize.
Rainbow Bridge: www.rainbowsbridge.com
Valley Pet Crematory: www.valleypet.net
Setting Sun Pet Crematory: www.settingsunpetcrematory.com