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Losing a pet is an emotional and delicate situation, and we understand the difficulty in having to make that final decision. Our veterinarians are skilled in assessing quality of life and pain management, and do not recommend euthanasia casually. We also make certain that the process of putting your pet to sleep is carried out in a humane manner.
When being euthanized, pet owners are welcome to be in the room as their pet passes, and if they prefer, a pet can be sedated prior to administering euthanasia. The final injection is a chemical that mimics an overdose of anesthesia, allowing your pet to fall into an eternal sleep. As it enters the bloodstream, the chemical targets the brain and heart, first preventing nerves from sensing pain, then gradually stopping the heart from beating.
While the decision to euthanize is heart-wrenching, it is important for a pet owner to consider the pet’s suffering before their own. In circumstances where putting your pet to sleep offers them relief from physical anguish, ending misery can be the best decision you can make for your pet.
Common reasons for euthanasia:
Illness that would cause suffering if the pet were kept alive.
Terminal illness such as cancer
Organ damage or failure that cannot be repaired.
Behavioral problems, especially aggression, which cannot be corrected.
Inability to pay for medical procedures.
What happens after euthanasia?
After putting your pet to sleep, you can decide to take your pet home with you, have your pet cremated, buried from a pet funeral home, or privately cremated with ashes returned to you. Because saying goodbye is difficult, we recommend having these plans thought out prior to your visit for euthanasia. There is no reason to feel pressured to choose one option or another; please choose the option that is best for you. Some pet owners feel that an urn with their pet’s remains helps the grieving process. Others think leaving the pet to be cremated is easier for them emotionally. Because your pet has peacefully passed, it is now your decision to do what is best for you.
The bereavement process is different for every pet owner. Some only take a couple days for mourning while others take months. It is completely normal to mourn the loss of your pet, and you should never feel obligated to put a time limit on what is the “right” amount of time.
If you have any questions about the process of putting a pet to sleep, or want to schedule an appointment to see if it would be beneficial for your pet’s condition, please contact our office at your convenience.