It’s never an easy decision to proceed with Euthanasia for a beloved pet. Yet, it is perhaps the kindest thing you can do for a pet who is in distress and is suffering. Even though it is a personal decision, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a decision that you should make alone. This is a decision that should be made with the contribution of your family, close friends and the most important person - your veterinarian. One of the most integral facets to consider is your pet’s quality of life, because if you see a significant drop in your beloved’s pet life quality, then Euthanasia (aka ‘a good death’) can be considered a beautiful and dignified way to end their suffering.
How Should You Decide?
If your pet is no longer enjoying the things she/he once enjoyed, fails to respond to you in her/ his usual way, or appears to be experiencing more pain than pleasure, then you may need to consider Euthanasia. Similarly, if your pet is critically injured or terminally ill, or if the emotional or financial cost of treatment is out of your means, then also Euthanasia is a valid option. A veterinarian comprehends your bond with your pet and can assess your pet’s condition, predict the chances for recovery, and can review any possible special needs, potential disabilities and long-term problems with you.
Given that your veterinarian cannot make the euthanasia decision for you, it is essential that you familiarize yourself with your pet’s condition. If there is any facet of the diagnosis or any possible effects on your pet’s future that you’re unable to understand, then make it a point to ask relevant questions from your veterinarian. Also, the support your family members and friends can provide you with can help you deal with the grief of losing your pet. Following are the symptoms that indicate your pet may need to be euthanized:
- Your pet is experiencing chronic unrelenting pain that cannot be relieved with pain control;
- Your pet experiences intractable diarrhea or vomiting;
- Your pet has stopped eating or is forced fed food to feed her/him;
- Your pet has become incontinent to the level that she/he soils themselves;
- Your pet has lost interest in all of her/his preferred activities, such as eating treats, going for walks, asking for attention from family members.
An Honorable Sendoff with Peaceful Passing
Once you’ve made the decision of putting your beloved to sleep, choosing the appropriate euthanasia service becomes important. Peaceful Passing offers at-home Euthanasia, aftercare options and deceased pet pick up and transport options. The service understands that choosing what to do with your pet’s remains is a deeply personal decision, which is why they see to it that your wishes are taken care of. So, whether you wish to bury or cremate your pet or wish to go ahead with burial at a cemetery, Peaceful Passing can accommodate and handle each and every requirement with their low cost cat euthanasia service. when it comes to your beloved pet.
It is but natural to feel grief and sorrow once your pet passes on. The loss of a pet can be an extremely distressing life event. Each individual experiences grief in a unique way and may go through periods of feeling different emotions such as sadness, anger, anxiety, numbness or even guilt.
The Euthanasia Process for Cats & Dogs
During the home euthanasia appointment, your Peaceful Passing veterinarian will spend some time observing your beloved pet to evaluate their condition, including their mental state and ask questions about their overall quality of life. Through this assessment and discussion with you, your veterinarian will define the best way to deal with your pet’s needs. This is the time when you should communicate any concerns, requests and queries to your veterinarian, as they’ll use this information to proceed accordingly. You’ll have to sign a euthanasia consent form and clarify any aftercare wishes. You will also be asked the form of payment you will be making. Once you’ve given your approval by completing the consent form, your veterinarian will begin the process of sedating your pet by administering a relaxing medication with a small needle that will be inserted right under the skin.
A sedative is used to keep your pet calm and will cause your pet to fall in a deep, pain-free sleep. A combination of physical reactions may take place during the sedation such as twitching eyes or legs, deep breathing, the urge to defecate or urinate, etc. Many of these symptoms can occur whether death is assisted or natural. After your pet is deeply asleep over the course of 5-20 minutes (depends on your pets health status. The older, weaker and more fragile your pet is at the time of the sedative, the quicker and faster their body embraces the sedative. The final medication will be administered once your pet is asleep. This final medication may be administered in the vein or in the belly depending on your pets size, level of dehydration and vein quality. Either option, your pet will experience deep anesthesia and often will pass away before your vet finishes administering the final medication. Your vet will pronounce that your pet has passed after carefully listening for a heartbeat. You can also choose the following after-care options, such as private cremation, communal cremation, cemetery burial or private burial for giving your pet the perfect send off.
Immediately after the process, it is perfectly normal to feel a flood of emotions including sorrow, grief and even relief. It is natural as the loss of a pet can be extremely distressing and can change a person’s life. It is important to have a friend or family member who can support you during this difficult time or reach out to trained pet loss support groups which are staffed with empathetic pet owners who know what is like to lose a friend. Please know that you’re not alone. The following link can lead to many helpful resources for grieving pet owners https://www.peacefulpassing.com/grief/