Euthanasia for your Pet
The Hardest Decision a Pet Owner May Face
Pet euthanasia is a complicated issue to face. For most of us, it is clouded with emotions, invoking fear, grief, and guilt. How do we decide?
Be informed. Talk to your veterinarian about pet euthanasia if your pet is very ill, or very old and unable to do the same things they used to be able to do. Some key points to consider are:
- Is your pet having more good days than bad days?
- Is their quality of life much lower than it used to be?
- Is your pet in the advanced stages of cancer, kidney failure or neurological disorders?
Knowing when it's time to let go. Emotionally speaking, the decision to euthanize your pet is one of the most personal, and perhaps most difficult choices to make. Dr. Rosen states that each case is as unique as the pet and the individual who cares for it. Please contact to discuss your pet's condition if you are uncertain.
Choose the right environment. More and more pet owners realize that waiting in a crowded clinic while being surrounded by other possibly misbehaving pets may not offer the preferred environment in which to say final goodbyes. Dr. Rosen emphasizes the importance that respect plays in the last moments of a pet's life. She advocates other animal companions being present to allow closure and peace.
Find closure. Choosing to put your dog, cat, or rabbit to sleep is not an easy decision for any loving pet owner. However, the ultimate goal is to offer your pet the most humane and stress-free option while knowing you made the best possible decision on their behalf.