Saying Goodbye Isn’t Easy
Everyone who loves a pet always dreads their pet’s end-of-life process. It’s so heart-wrenching when you make the decision to have your pet euthanized. Knowing when the time is right is usually very difficult. A pet-parent never wants to say goodbye to a beloved pet, but neither do they want their pet to suffer needlessly. Spend plenty time mentally preparing long before you have to make the decision. If your pet is having more and more bad days and fewer good days, then it may be time to discuss options with your veterinarian.
Don’t Let Anyone Rush You
I have a very sad memory from several years ago of taking my precious schnauzer, Schultz, to the vet only to have the vet “encourage” me to euthanize him right then. He had been growing sicker for a few months but I could have at least taken him home and spent some time saying goodbye. There was no immediate rush to euthanize him. I’ll always regret letting the vet rush me into that decision during a very emotional time for me.
Be Careful Who Administers the Euthanasia
Someone recently told me that they took their small dog, who was very sick, to the vet for euthanasia. The veterinarian jabbed the needle into the dog’s leg several times, missing the vein, while the dog screamed and writhed on the cold, stainless steel table, until the vet finally found a vein. The dog’s owners, as well as the poor dog were needlessly traumatized. Be sure you are informed about your vet’s procedures and know all options. Your vet should be familiar with your dog’s condition and make every effort to minimize any stress.
Research In-Home Euthanasia
I began asking about alternatives to euthanasia in the vet’s office. I found out that there are veterinarians who will make house calls to administer euthanasia. The pet can remain in the familiar surroundings of home with people who love him. These professionals can usually be located online or referred by a reputable veterinary office. You might also get names from a trusted pet sitting or grooming service. Some vets who make house calls are affiliated with large networks and some are independent.
Advance Planning Will Help Ease the Process
Prices vary according to the area in which you live. In my area, I’ve had quotes that range from $50.00 to $230.00. There may be extra charges for evening and weekend hours, or for distances outside their normal service area. Meet the vet and discuss their procedures. Do everything you can to help your pet have a peaceful and pain-free passing. Many of the vets who offer in-home euthanasia also offer to remove the pet’s body for cremation and/or burial. Having all these decisions made in advance will greatly help you through the difficult process of saying goodbye.