Losing a pet is a delicate situation, and we understand the difficulty in having to make that final decision. Our veterinarians are skilled in assessing pain management and do not recommend euthanasia casually. We also make certain that the process of putting your pet to sleep is carried out in a humane manner.
While the decision to euthanize is heart-wrenching, it is important for a pet owner to consider the pet’s suffering before their own. In circumstances where putting your pet to sleep offers them relief from physical anguish, ending misery can be the best decision you can make for your pet.
When being euthanized, pet owners are welcome to be in the room as their pet passes. There will be 2 injections given to the pet. The first is a sedative, given under the skin, normally in between the shoulder blades. This is to relax the pet, and most will fall asleep. After the sedative has taken effect (approx. 5-10 minutes) the doctor will administer the final injection. It is a chemical that mimics an overdose of anesthesia, gradually stopping the heart from beating, allowing your pet to fall into an eternal sleep.
What happens after euthanasia?
After putting your pet to sleep, you will have a choice of what type of cremation service you want for your pet. The first choice would be getting no ashes back. The second would be getting ashes back with your choice of urn. Because saying goodbye is difficult, we can help you have these after death plans arranged prior to your visit for euthanasia. No matter what you decide to do, don’t feel pressured to choose one option over the other; choose the option that is best for you. Some pet owners feel that an urn with their pet’s remains helps the grieving process. Others think leaving the pet with the vet is easier for them emotionally. Because your pet has peacefully passed, it is now your decision to do what is best for you.
The bereavement process is different for every pet owner. Some only take a couple days for mourning while others take months. It is completely normal to mourn the loss of your pet, and you should never feel obligated to put a time limit on what is the “right” amount of time.
If you have any questions about the process of putting a pet to sleep, or want to schedule an appointment to see if it would be beneficial for your pet’s condition, contact our office at your convenience.