We are never quite prepared for the death of a pet. Whether swift and unexpected or after a slow decline, we aren’t fully aware of what a pet has brought to our lives until our beloved companion is gone.
Everyone wishes for a pet’s peaceful passing, hoping to find them in their favourite spot in the morning. Unfortunately this often isn’t the case, and the impact of a pet’s passing is significantly increased when, as responsible and loving caretakers, we decide to have our pet euthanased.
Requesting euthanasia of a pet is probably the most difficult decision a pet owner can make. You don’t want to prolong their suffering, but at the same time you don’t want to put them to sleep when they are still enjoying life.
Euthanasia is the greatest gift that you can give an animal to mercifully end suffering. Our veterinarians can assist and support you throughout the decision making process, however ultimately the final decision should be based on not only what is best for your pet , but also what is best for you and your family.
There is no right answer when it comes to making end of life decisions; only what makes sense for you and your family. Take your time, don’t rush your decision and remember that giving your beloved pet the gift of a peaceful rest is the last best thing you can do for your best friend.