It can be very difficult to deal with the loss of a pet. It’s a situation that is out of our control and can be extremely upsetting for some pet owners. Some may find it too hard to stay by their pet’s side until the end. However, veterinarians recommend that they should be there for their pets. Recently, Jessi Dietrich tweeted about her experience and it quickly became popular online.
During an interview with a veterinarian, he was questioned about the most challenging part of his job. To which he replied that almost 90% of pet owners refuse to be present when their pets receive euthanasia injections. This statement hit me hard as it dawned on me that animals spend their final moments in search of their human companions, making the situation even more heartbreaking.
The Hillcrest Veterinary Hospital based in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa, recently offered similar advice to Jessi Dietrich’s tweet. The clinic suggested that pet owners should try their best to take care of their beloved pets until the end, even though it might be a tough task.
The vet at the clinic, although tired and heartbroken due to the situation, humbly requested families who brought their pets for a peaceful end to not abandon them.
My recommendation is that you stay with your pets. It’s important not to let them pass away in an unfamiliar place where they may feel uncomfortable. The clinic’s evaluation reveals that many pet owners are unaware that their pets search for them when they leave them behind. In essence, they are seeking their beloved owner among the crowd. When pets are ill, frightened, or aging and need comfort, they don’t comprehend why their owners have left them. If you believe that it will be too challenging to witness your pet’s passing, don’t lose hope.
According to Dr. Lauren Bugeja, a veterinarian in Melbourne, the process of euthanizing elderly pets in their homes can be quite difficult. She suggests that humans sometimes become too emotional to stay in the room during the procedure, while animals tend to feel a sense of calm and tranquility.
According to Dr. Bugeja, she ensures that the animals do not experience any fear or distress during their last moments by comforting and conversing with them along with her nurse.
According to Dr. Bugeja’s observation, pets tend to become fearful when left alone in an unfamiliar environment such as a vet office or consultation room because they are unsure of their surroundings. Therefore, if you opt to bring your pet to a clinic, it is advisable to stay with them in the room.