It can be extremely difficult to cope with the loss of a beloved pet. The experience can be so emotionally overwhelming that some owners may struggle to stay by their pet’s side until the end. However, vets strongly advise against abandoning your pet during this time. A tweet by Jessi Dietrich on this topic went viral.
During a conversation with my vet, I asked her about the most difficult aspect of her job. She shared that when it’s time to euthanize an animal, 90% of owners opt not to be present during the injection. This revelation broke my heart as it means that many animals end up searching for their owners in their final moments. In line with Jessi Dietrich’s tweet, Hillcrest Veterinary Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, also agreed that it can be tough, but they advise pet owners to stay with their pets until the end.
Although it can be heartbreaking, a tired and emotionally drained veteran at the veterinary clinic urged pet owners to stay with their animals when it’s time for them to pass away peacefully and painlessly.
I urge you to be there for your furry companions until the very end. It’s not fair to force them to pass away in a cold and unfamiliar environment. According to a recent article by the clinic, pets will search for their beloved humans when they are left alone in distress. They long for your presence, especially when they are sick, scared, or aging. Don’t abandon them because you’re afraid of the emotional toll it may take on you. Your pets need you more than ever during their final moments, so please don’t let them down.
Melbourne-based veterinary expert, Dr. Lauren Bugeja, suggests that putting down elderly pets in their own homes could be a challenging process. While pet owners might find it difficult to stay in the room during euthanasia, Dr. Bugeja asserts that animals are generally comfortable and tranquil during the procedure.
Dr. Bugeja ensures that the animals do not go through any form of anxiety or pain during their last moments by communicating with and comforting them along with her nurse.
According to Dr. Bugeja, leaving your pet alone in an unfamiliar place like a vet’s office or consultation room can make them anxious and uncertain of their surroundings. To prevent this, it is recommended that you stay in the room with your furry friend if you choose to have the appointment at a clinic.