As pet owners, we all know that we will probably outlive our cats and dogs. This doesn’t make it any easier when the time comes to say good-bye. If your pet is in constant pain or no longer eats or drinks, your vet may recommend euthanasia. However, the final decision is up to you. Many pet owners dread making this life-changing decision and will often put it off for as long as possible. If your car or dog’s quality of life is severely affected, putting them to sleep can be the kindest thing you do. So if you think that euthanasia might be the best thing for your pet, here are some questions you should ask your vet.
What is involved in putting your pet to sleep?
Before deciding to put your cat or dog to sleep, you need to ask your vet to explain what is involved. They can give you a step by step guide as to what will happen and how quickly it’s effects can take hold. This can help prepare you for the euthanasia procedure and ensure it’s a calm experience for your pet. Once you know more about what will happen, you should also consider where you want to be when it happens. The majority of vets will allow the owner to remain in the room, but for some this can be very distressing. So think about this carefully beforehand.
What will happen afterwards?
A big concern for many pet owners is what will happen to their pet’s remains after the procedure is finished. You have several options to choose from which your vet should be able to help you with. You may want to take your pet home and bury them in your garden. Another option is to bury them at a pet cemetery, which your vet can assist you in organizing. Alternatively, you might want your vet to cremate your pet. You can ask your vet to dispose of the ashes for you or have them returned to your family. You can keep then keep them in an urn, which you can find on sites like Modernmemorials.com. Talk through the available options with your vet and your family to ensure you make the best decision possible.
Can it be carried out at my home?
If your pet gets anxious about travel or can no longer walk, you should ask your vet about carrying out the procedure at your home. Many pet owners prefer this as it allows their pet to remain comfortable and in familiar surroundings. However, this is not a service all vets can provide. Ask your vet whether this could be a possible option. If it is, make an appointment when your vet won’t be in a rush such as the end of the day. If not, mobile vets may be able to assist you instead. Visit pdxhomevet.com for more information about putting your pet to sleep at home.
Decided to put your pet to sleep is one of the most difficult decisions you will ever make. But you should always put your pet’s best interests before your own. For further help and guidance, make an appointment with your vet.