Deciding to opt for pet euthanasia is a painful decision. Knowing the process is an essential part of helping you come to terms with this decision. Cloud9 Vets believe it is crucial to provide a compassionate and dignified end of life for your pet.
We can arrange a visit to your home, which is the most comfortable setting in which to discuss this delicate issue. Your pet’s home is also the most suitable place to conduct pet euthanasia. It avoids your pet having to go through the stress of travelling to the vet or encountering other pets.
Throughout the process, we aim to provide compassionate, gentle, and dignified care for you and your pet. Your pet’s needs, you, and your family are always at the forefront of our minds.
The first part of the procedure is the vet administering a gentle sedative, and your pet will hardly notice this. Your pet will experience no pain or discomfort. They will become drowsy and fall into a peaceful sleep.
When they are soundly asleep, the vet will administer another anesthetic, which will cause the pet’s heart to stop. This second anesthetic is quick-acting, and your pet is unaware of what is happening.
You might witness your pet taking a breath or exhaling loudly. It is perfectly natural for this to occur, as it is linked to involuntary twitches as your pet’s body shuts down. Be reassured, your pet will feel no pain whatsoever.
It is ultimately your choice whether you stay with your pet during the procedure or not. Some people want to be with their friends until the end, while others cannot bear seeing their pet pass away. A friend or family member can stay with your pet if this is the case. You might want to leave the vet to conduct the procedure alone, and this is okay too. Every situation is unique, and we cater to your needs as best we can.
Many owners who decide to stay with their pets throughout the procedure find comfort that they did. They can stroke and comfort their friend right up to the end, and it can prove to help cope with their loss. However, if you feel you cannot do this, talk to your vet and decide what is best.
Whatever your decision, it is crucial to consider the pet. Your pet will pick up on any emotions you show, which could lead them to become stressed. Hopefully, if you understand the pet euthanasia procedure, you will be more prepared for this emotional time.
In our next blog, we will discuss what happens after your pet has been put to sleep. In the meantime, if you have any questions at all regarding compassionate, gentle, and dignified pet euthanasia, please contact us today.