Taking the decision to end your pet’s life is difficult and heart-wrenching. If you have moments of feeling guilty for thinking about it, rest assured that is normal. Nevertheless, having gone through the initial grief and self-doubt, within days, the vast majority of owners, know in their hearts that they have made the right decision, for the right reasons. Here are listed several situations in which putting your pet to sleep is the right choice.
A peaceful end to suffering for a special dog family member – This is by far the most common reason for an owner to choose putting a dog to sleep. Watching a once lively and joyful pet worn down by pain is horrible and heartbreaking. Most owners and almost all vets agree, when an animal is suffering and the suffering cannot be alleviated, it is time to let them go in peace.
A dignified peaceful goodbye to a beloved cat – You may not see pain in a cat in the same way you will with a dog because they have evolved to hide it. Signs that it is time to consider putting a cat to sleep may be much more subtle. Cats often hide themselves away, they may become incontinent, or be unable to pass either urine or solid waste. More than anything else, what’s most clear is that they are miserable. And if there is nothing you can do to improve their quality of life, what they most need from you is the courage and generosity of spirit that will allow you to make that difficult decision.
A peaceful and painless farewell – Carried out in the sanctuary of the home, pet euthanasia is both of these things, and in the same time a dignified way to relieve pain and suffering.
You can be there for your beloved pet companion in their final hours – Many pet owners and their families find it comforting to be with their pet family member during a gentle euthanasia. The ability to provide comfort and reassurance in the final moments is a way of showing respect for your departing companion.
Making Things Easier
If you know the end of your pet’s time is approaching, doing the following things will help make it more bearable:
Talk to your family – Including children if they are emotionally mature enough to understand. If all the people closely involved in your pet’s life can come to an understanding of how you will define ‘the right time’ you will be better able to support each other.
Talk to a veterinary professional – Ask as many questions as you need to. Ask about the process, about cremation or home burial. Do not be embarrassed to ask about pet euthanasia cost, it is perfectly understandable that you need to know and importantly check that it can happen at a time and place convenient for you.
A gentle pet euthanasia at home – This is a preferred choice for numerous pet owners. A pet will feel more comfortable in the familiar and secure environment of their own home. Leaving home at such traumatic time and being around other pets at a clinic may also cause you and your pet unnecessary distress. A home euthanasia is a dignified gesture of love for a faithful friend.