Deciding to euthanize a pet can be a difficult and sad experience. You will likely feel a wide range of complicated emotions as the time comes. Often, it is difficult or just not possible to be fully prepared for the feelings you will encounter. Grief is expressed in many different ways and each situation is unique. We want you to know that it is perfectly natural to feel the way you are feeling. All of us at Kitsap Veterinary Hospital experienced the loss of a pet and are here to help you through this difficult time.
Your veterinarian is the best judge of your pet's physical condition; however, you are the best judge of the quality of your pet's daily life.
- If a pet has a good appetite, responds to attention, seeks its owner's company, and participates in its' normal social behaviors, many owners feel that this is not the time.
- If a pet is in constant pain, unresponsive to affection, unaware of its surroundings, and uninterested in life, a caring pet owner will probably choose to end the beloved companion's suffering.
There can be fear in not knowing what will occur on the day of the euthanization. Our veterinarians are very familiar with the experience and are able to talk with you about the process and feelings that go with it. We are here to answer any questions you may have. Decide whether you would like to be present during the euthanasia. Some people wish to be with their pet and officially say goodbye during the final moments. Others feel that the experience would be too much to handle. Whichever you choose, be re-assured, you have given him a lifetime of love. Either decision you make is appropriate. If you choose not to be in the room, you can still have some private time with your pet beforehand or after. It is sometimes helpful to say goodbye in this final setting and we are here to accommodate your needs.
You are not alone. There are many others experiencing similar grief. Pet loss can be very challenging, and there are pet loss support groups available throughout the country.
- Center for Companion Animal Health: Pet Loss
- Delta Society: Pet Loss and Bereavement Articles & Research
Nothing can make this decision an easy or painless one, but it is truly the final act of love that you can make for your pet. If you have specific questions or concerns about euthanasia or you would like more information regarding the diagnosis or treatment of your pet's disease, please contact our veterinarians.