Euthanasia isn’t just a medical procedure. It is the act of peacefully ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering. Many pet owners choose to make it more ceremonial, like a funeral. It’s important to know that everything is done at the pace you and your pet dictate.
As the only medical profession licensed to perform this most important gift, we take the pride in the technical, medical, and soft skills associated with ending the life of a beloved family member.
What happens when you put your pet to sleep?
Now that you’ve made the hard – but humane – choice to put your aging or ill pet to sleep, you may have questions.
Knowing the facts can help you and your family feel more at peace with what’s going to happen.
Four things every pet owner should know about euthanasia
1. Many first-timers tend to make this sensitive decision too late. Families that have never been through the process of euthanasia before usually say they’re waiting for “a sign” or “the right moment.” Often times after their pet passes, they usually comment, “I don’t know what I was waiting for—she didn’t need to go through those last few days or weeks—I wish I would have called you sooner.”
We can all whole-heartedly empathize. But in the same respect, we understand the burden this waiting time not only places on the pet, but on the pet’s family, especially those who have never been down that road before. Knowing that you are not alone in facing the struggles of this emotional decision can help relieve the guilt that many of us are already experiencing.
2. Pet owners make the decision sooner and sooner with their following pets.
This may not be true in every case, but we often hear families say, “I did everything for my last pet, but it was extremely difficult for us emotionally, it was expensive, and we waited too long—We’re not doing that again.”These families tend to be the most open to early hospice care while remaining very grounded in their ability to define and accept a decreased quality of life.
3. The grief doesn’t get easier when you’ve had more pets.
It is sad to say this is true…however it shouldn’t be seen as only a downside. Honoring the full life of each pet individually by celebrating the unconditional love and compassion your sweet pet has shared with you and your family is the best way you can pay tribute to them.
4. Pet owners don’t want it to be their fault.
It is not your fault. When we hear pet owners say things like, “I’m so sorry” to their pet, especially when saying goodbye in such a loving way, we want to be there for them to remind them that they have done an amazing job for the life of their pet.
All pet owners and animal lovers are some of the most special, big-hearted people on this earth. No matter the circumstance, you cannot avoid the last stage of your pet’s life. And no pet owner should have to feel like it is their fault.At the time of euthanasia, try your best to focus on how lucky your pet is to have a family that loves them so much; a family that will always keep their fur-baby in their sweetest memories.
Euthanasia in one sentence from our vets:
“The release from pain may be the greatest gift we can give to your pet, and the release from guilt is the greatest gift we can give the family.”
Our euthanasia service includes:
- A discussion with you and your family about your concerns, thoughts, or questions
- Mild sedation to help ease any discomfort
- Transportation of deceased
- Cremation arrangements
- Complimentary pawprint keepsake
As veterinarians, we have dedicated our lives to helping pets and the people that love them, so please reach out whenever you are ready to learn more, not just when “it’s time.”
Pawsh Place also provides euthanasia in the comfort of your home.
For more information, contact us at 707-203-0574 or schedule your appointment online.