The lifespan of cats and dogs is not as long as the humans’, which means that eventually most of the pet owners will face the loss of their furry pals.
When the times comes to say the final goodbye to your pet, it’s like having to say goodbye to a family member, because that’s what pets are, family. In situations when the pets suffer serious illness and are in unbearable pain, the only reasonable thing to do according to vets is to have them euthanized, no matter how hard that can be.
When something like this comes along the way, one would assume that the owner would like to spend those last minutes of their pet’s life with them, holding their paws and making sure they know how loved they were and how much they will be missed. However, vets say that’s not always the case. When in a situation like this, people feel powerless and helpless, and it’s hard for them to be present when the little buddy leaves this world.
Now, most vets consider this decision wrong, and they explain why it is very important for you to be there in the room while your pet is taking their last breath.
Recently, a post by The Hillcrest Veterinary Hospital raised the question of why it is important for the owners to be there with their pets, and how do the pets react when they realize they are left alone.
“Do not make them transition from life to death in a room full of strangers, in a place they don’t like. The thing people need to know that most of you don’t is that they search for you when you leave them behind.”
The post vent viral and inspired other veterinarians to share their thoughts on the subject, as well as their experiences. One of them, Dr. Evan Shaw says:
“I have a lot of return clients and I have found that people who aren’t there at the end of their pet’s life find it to be one of their biggest regrets at a later point. I totally understand how hard it would be, but death is ultimately a part of life and needs to be experienced to help the grieving process.”
Another doctor added that he always feels heartbroken when the pet is frantically looking around for their owners, but most of them don’t intend to show up and support the dying souls.
Because they believe it is of great importance for pet owners to get familiar with what their pets suffer in their absence, The American Veterinary Association offers information about the euthanasia process.
They believe that after realizing the mistake they are making, the owners will change their mind and will be there for the pet no matter how painful it might be to see someone you love pass away.
“Grief for a pet, or pets of particular species, may not be fully respected by some members of your community. Even well-meaning family and friends may not realize how important your pet was to you or the intensity of your grief. Comments they make may seem cruel and uncaring, although they were not meant to be taken that way. Be honest with yourself and others about how you feel. If you feel despair, talk to someone who is receptive and nonjudgmental when listening to your feelings about the loss of your pet.
“Seeking out social support can help you work through your grief. If immediate family and friends are not able to provide this support, seek out an emotionally safe and accepting environment such as a pet loss support group. Talk about your sorrow, but also about the fun times you and your pet spent together the activities you enjoyed and the memories that are meaningful to you.”
Please consider the vets’ message and never leave you pet face the death alone. Share this warning with all the pet owners and make raise awareness!
Source: LAD Bible