Considering Euthanasia

The choice to euthanize a pet is very complex and personal. As a pet owner you feel morally responsible to protect and support your petís life. Making such a final decision involves conflicting emotions including confusion, guilt, sadness, even anger and often overwhelming responsibility. Yet, there are circumstances when it is the time to say goodbye and euthanasia is the compassionate way to end a petís suffering. 

When we have to make the decision to euthanize a pet, it is often more difficult than dealing with the loss itself. Although we know the decision is a result of an ethical and humanitarian necessity, it remains traumatic. Remember that your decision was made out of love and kindness.  

Should You Be Present In the End?

Some pet owners want to be present and others decide not to be with their pet during the final moments. This is a personal choice. Consider carefully your reasons for your choice.

Making the Appointment

Once you make the decision to euthanize your pet, the next step is to make an appointment. Consider the time of day and the day of the week. You may need some time before and after to work through your emotions. You need to take care of yourself because you are important. You may want a friend or another member of your family to come with you during this difficult time.

Understanding The Process of Euthanasia

Remember that euthanasia ends terminal suffering and poor quality of life for an animal. In veterinary practice it involves a concentrated dose of anesthetics injected intravenously. Within a matter of seconds a loss of consciousness is induced in an animal. Moments after unconscious occurs a petís life ends. Veterinary clinicians are medically trained and are very dedicated to treat an animalís illness and fight to extend the animalís life. They do not take euthanasia lightly.