Deciding to euthanize a pet is an agonizing process. You will likely experience a wide range of complicated emotions as the time comes. Discuss with you veterinarian and ask questions about the process. Our veterinarians are always open for the conversation before making this decision. Spend time with your pet during the weeks or days leading up to euthanasia. Since this will be the most emotional time you could ever feel, your pet will sense your feelings and all you can do is be there for each other. Some people wish to be with their pet and officially say goodbye during the final moments. Others feel that the experience would be too much to handle. Whether you choose to be with your pet or not, be re-assured that you have given him/her a lifetime of love.
Arrange time spent with your pet directly before the procedure. If you choose to be in the room, you can still have some private time with your pet beforehand. It is sometimes helpful to say goodbye in the final setting. Talk to your family about euthanasia. Everyone should be able to be present or not. It can be a traumatic experience, so fully consider the outcomes prior to deciding.
It is alright to take a few final moments to express your feelings to your pet, re-assuring that they are loved. Remember, you can take comfort in the fact that they do not know or understand what is going on. After all is said and done, always keep in mind, "The Rainbow Bridge".
You are not alone. There are many others experiencing similar grief.
Pet loss can be very challenging, and there are pet loss support groups available throughout the country. If you have specific questions or concerns about euthanasia or you would like more information regarding the diagnosis or treatment of your pet's disease, please contact our veterinarians.