One of the hardest things a pet owner will ever do is make the decision to have a pet euthanized. It’s done out of love, usually when a pet is sick or in pain. It allows them to have some dignity and to avoid the suffering associated with many pet illnesses. Still, that doesn’t make it any easier. Most pet owners plan on being by their pet’s side when they go.
Surprisingly, there are some who don’t want to be there when it happens.
It’s understandable that a person who loves their pet wouldn’t want to watch them die, but at the same time, how can an owner leave them to die on their own? If you think it doesn’t matter or that your pet doesn’t know or care if you are there or not, think again.
The Hillcrest Veterinary Hospital recently shared a post from a vet, and it’s heartbreaking.
The vet shared what happens when a pet is euthanized or left to die and how they look for their owners in their final moments. It’s a tough read but a necessary one for any pet owner.
The post says:
“Do not make them transition from life to death in a room full of strangers, in a place they don’t like. The thing people need to know that most of you don’t is that they search for you when you leave them behind.”
Dr. Evan Shaw agreed with the post.
He has had to euthanize his fair share of pets, and while it is never easy, the pets seem to handle it better when their owners are with them. He said:
“I have a lot of return clients and I have found that people who aren’t there at the end of their pet’s life find it to be one of their biggest regrets at a later point. I totally understand how hard it would be, but death is ultimately a part of life and needs to be experienced to help the grieving process.”