One of the most sad decisions that most pet owners must make is the time has come to euthanize their pet. Euthanasia is a peaceful, painless, and quick process done by a veterinarian. The pet turn into unconscious within a few seconds, and death occur in less than a minute. The terms “put to sleep” is the ideal description for this process and pet owners who decide to euthanize their pet must ensure that their pet doesn’t have a feeling of discomfort, pain, or fear.
Once you have come to a decision to euthanize your pet, contact your local veterinarian, and make an appointment. Doing this, you don’t need to wait and sit long hours in the waiting room, but are quickly brought into the special room with your pet, if you decide to be with him.
Many people suggest that staying with your four-legged friend at his departure is your last gift of love, but no resolution you make in the last minutes of your pet’s life can change the love you have for all those times before the end of his life. If you must be there, you need to stay. You might later find it calming, and being with him until the end would help you with closure. However, if you leave, that is no less a gentle and caring gesture. You will be aware of in the heart what is the best for you and also your pet.
When your pet is otherwise in good condition, but, showing unwanted behavior (risky personality, dangerous to be around, or even uncontrollable), speaking to your veterinarian regarding behavior medication or modification might be a better alternative than euthanasia.
Regardless how much consideration you take into the possibility to euthanize your four-legged friend, you might still find it to be a hard decision. When your pet is considered ill or dying, you have certainly already initiated the process of losing the life of your pet.
Your veterinarian will do his best to ensure all of your questions are completely answered, and make sure that you are really comfortable with everything prior to euthanizing your pet. He might cut the fur on your pet’s foreleg for less complicated access to the vein for the euthanizing injection. He might also decide to insert a catheter or calm your pet.
For you, moping and crying is normal, and your local veterinarian understands your feeling. You might want to spend a short while with your pet, and your local veterinarian also understands that. He will give you extra time you need to start the process of euthanizing your pet.
You might be more comfortable with euthanizing your pet at home, and if that’s so, discuss this with your chosen veterinarian. Many veterinarians also offer this special service to their clients. You will find veterinarians who can do this at their clients, make appointments and reservations with one of them.
Considering pet euthanasia and beginning the process of grieving a lost pet may raise up serious and complicated feelings. Euthanasia is, however, the only solution for pet owners who don’t want their dying and ill pet to suffer throughout his life or even who are unable to afford expensive medical treatment.