Pets & Euthanasia

Man and his dogHow Will I Know When Is The Right Time?

Euthanasia is a controversial issue and has many definitions but when it comes to our pets it literally means a quiet, gentle and painless way of dying…

The decision to end your pet’s life is never easy.  It is a personal, loving decision to euthanase a pet for which the quality of life has deteriorated.  It takes courage to make this decision as it is your last responsibility to a pet who has given you endless amounts of love and companionship.

Every pet owner can experience several different emotions when it comes to considering euthanasia for their loved one.  The feelings may be a mixture of grief, relief, guilt, or simply a practical approach of necessity.  There is no wrong way to grieve over the loss of a pet or the decisions you make.

Your local vet is an invaluable source of advice and support for you when it’s time to consider your options.  Your vet cannot make the decision for you but can help you decide when it is the best time to let go based on your pet’s quality of life.

The procedure itself is very quick and gentle and the pet simply falls asleep in the arm of the holder, often within seconds. You have the choice to be present or to say your goodbyes before the procedure takes place, neither of these options are right or wrong and you will always be supported with whichever decision feels right for you.

Will my other pets grieve?

This is a common question that is asked and pets are very observant and instinctual and will often show a change in behaviour with the absence of a companion.  Pets that live in the same household often form a strong bond with one another and the pet left behind will grieve in its own way.

You may need to give your grieving pet some extra love and attention to help them through this tough time and in turn the love and affection you get back can be wonderfully healing for your own grief.

Know that you are not alone when this decision arises and that your pet care team can provide support in more ways than one.