When it’s Time to Say Goodbye: Facts about Pet Euthanasia

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It’s never easy to see our pets grow old or become ill, and when the time comes to make the difficult choice to have your pet euthanized, you will no doubt have many questions about the procedure, what actually happens during the euthanasia, and what happens to your pet’s body after it passes away. Knowing the facts before you make such an important decision is crucial so that you do not have to deal with them during the grieving process. However, the most important thing you should understand is that if your pet has become too ill to survive comfortably or without terrible pain, then you are doing right by it—our animal friends should never be allowed to suffer.

When you know the time has come, discuss options with your veterinarian about an appointment. You may want to make it at the end of the day so you can spend your pet’s last hours together. Don’t be afraid to show your emotions—it is going to be a difficult time for you, and your vet will understand and sympathize with your feelings. He or she can help you understand exactly what happens during the process, how long it will take, and assure you that your pet will not feel any pain during the procedure. Getting your questions answered beforehand will give you peace of mind and help you through the grieving process.

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Your vet will probably make you aware of the fact that you can stay with your pet during its final moments. Some owners simply aren’t able to bear witness to this, but many other owners have found that it gave them comfort and closure to stay with their pets as they passed. This is a personal choice, of course, but you might find that being there not only comforts your pet, but it may comfort you as well because you will be able to see that its final moments were ones of peace, not pain.

After your pet has passed, you can take your pet home for burial or choose to have it cremated. Many owners opt for cremation because they can then retain the ashes in a memorial container, which lets them feel as if their animal is always close to them. No matter what you choose, remember that you are making the best choice for your beloved pet so that it no longer has to suffer.

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