Being there for your pet till the end: Staying to say “Goodbye” to your pet when they depart for “the long sleep”



“Pets, it turns out, also have last wishes before they die, but only known by veterinarians who put old and sick animals to sleep. Twitter user Jesse Dietrich asked a vet what was the most difficult part of his job. The specialist answered without hesitation… Read on

The specialist answered that the hardest thing for him- Was to see how all of the old or sick animals would look for their owners… The fact is that 90 % of owners don’t want to be in a room with a dying animal. People leave so they don’t have to see their pet leave….

Most pet owners don’t realize that it’s in these last moments of life that their pet needs them most. Veterinarians ask the owners to be close to the animals until the very end. ′′It’s inevitable that they die before you”. Don’t forget you were the center of their life.

Maybe they were a part of you; but they are your family. No matter how hard, don’t leave them. Dont let them die in a room with a stranger in a place they dont like. It is painful for veterinarians to see how pets cannot find their owner during the last minutes of their life.

Pets don’t understand why the owner left them; They need their owner’s consolation. Veterinarians do everything possible to ensure that animals are not so scared- but they are completely strangers to them. Don’t be a coward because it’s too painful for you.

Think about the pet; Endure the pain for the sake of their sake – with them until the end.” – Tricia Mo’orea Be there for your pets at the end; they’ve been there for you every minute of every hour of every day before that point. Do the right thing, which is the hard thing.



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1 Response to Being there for your pet till the end: Staying to say “Goodbye” to your pet when they depart for “the long sleep”

  1. causeology says:

    I really enjoyed your post. As an emergency vet tech myself, euthanasia is by far one of the most difficult parts of my job. It never “gets easier.” I have found that, at least at our clinic typically owners do want to be present, but as you stated sometimes they have personal reasons why they cannot be present (I’d say typically it is due to emotional reasons, bad past experiences etc but sometimes there are cognitive reasons as well).
    Many clinics have different protocols for euthanasia, which can dramatically change the entire experience. Pain management, sedation, IV catheter placement (which is the “gold standard”) isn’t always an option at some clinics. Due to the difference in techniques and how the drug can be administered, euthanasia can sometimes be a painful and horrible thing to watch for many owners, especially as a last memory of their family member (example being an IP injection). Watching a pet cross the Rainbow Bridge is a monumental moment for any pet owner and I completely understand fear from past experiences especially.
    Yet, your article sang true to how the animals react. They do perk up when hearing a familiar voice, and feel comfort that staff members (no matter how many cuddles and kisses and treats we may give them) we just can’t compare.
    However, in my 8 years of experience even when the owners are not present for whatever reason, we never ever let a pet cross over alone. We pour all our love into their furbaby and cuddle them like the are our own until they have peacefully gone to somewhere far better than here.

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