Euthanasia for Pets: What to Expect
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.