There comes a time in life when our pets become too sick to be able to continue on.
Our pets are reliant on us to take care of them, in life and in death, as they are unable to seek help on their own.
It is for that reason that we must, at times, consider pet euthanasia.
Please continue reading for an explanation of:
- What is pet euthanasia.
- When is euthanasia required.
- What to do when you need to explore the option of pet euthanasia in Sydney.
Our Human Responsibility to our Four-Legged Friends
It is an unfortunate reality for pet owners that we will usually outlive our pets, especially if they are cats or dogs. With such short life expectancy compared to humans, our four-legged companions are only able to be with us for a little while.
As their owners, their caretakers, and their friends, we are tasked with seeing to their well-being.
What Is Pet Euthanasia?
Euthanasia is the process by which a veterinarian ends an animal’s life by medical means. Oftentimes, we refer to euthanasia as “putting down” or “putting to sleep” of our pet.
Typically, euthanizing pets is done either at the veterinary hospital or another approved facility by people that have been trained to do so. Most of the time, pets are given one or two injections that bring their life to an end, quickly and without pain.
When Should You Consider Euthanising Your Pet?
It is never easy to make the decision to euthanize your pet. However, there are times it becomes an absolutely necessary and completely understandable decision.
It is very common for pets to develop diseases or conditions that are terminal, such as cancer, or perhaps they contract rabies from another animal. Unfortunately, there is little that can be done at this time for those diagnoses.
Animals, like people, can be involved in accidents and be injured in such ways that create circumstances causing constant suffering for our pets.
Sometimes, there may be a treatment, or a surgery, or some solution, but the cost is exorbitant, that most of us simply have to way to afford it. Sadly, sometimes there is nothing we can do.
And even if none of those things happen, animals, like us, grow old. And like us, as they age, their little bodies deteriorate. This can result in the loss of their bodily functions, organs discontinuing to work, and a low quality of life. (When to put your dog down due to old age).
As much pain as it causes us to have to make these types of decisions, it causes even more to watch them suffer.
For more information and to discuss your options for pet euthanasia in Sydney, please contact us.
How Do You Prepare For Euthanasia?
First of all, take comfort in the knowledge that you are doing what is best for your pet. We know it is a difficult decision.
Use soothing tones to help comfort your pet. If it is a situation that allows an extra day before your pet must be euthanized, make that last day special. Give them their favourite food, if they can eat.
Just simply spend time together. Consoling them on the couch or their favourite chair. If they are partial to their pet bed, sit on the floor next to them. Please contact us for more information on pet euthanasia in Sydney.
What Do You Do When You Need to Euthanize Your Pet?
If possible, it is a good idea to plan ahead and make arrangements for your pet because it is difficult to make all of these decisions when you’re very emotional and distressed. If you cannot though, contact us and we will help you make arrangements.
You will want to discuss with your family members that may be affected by the pet’s loss about the arrangements as well. Bring a bag, towel or blanket for your pet to be placed in if you plan to take your pet with you.
If you would like to have your pet cremated, please discuss those options with us as well.
Please contact us for more information on pet euthanasia in Sydney.
For Now and Moving Forward
It is never easy to say goodbye to someone you love, especially your furry, four-legged, constant companion.
We want to help you with this process, whether you are planning ahead or this has come up suddenly. We are here to assist you in planning pet euthanasia in Sydney.
During this difficult time and moving forward, it is very helpful to have a pet memorial. Pet memorials are a beautiful, loving way to honour and cherish the life that you shared with your pet.
Your not alone, many pet owners have had to make one of the hardest decisions of their lives by putting down their pet. There a ways to cope with grief after euthanasia to help you through this difficult time.
Please contact us for more information on pet memorials and pet euthanasia in Sydney.