Losing a loved one is emotionally draining in itself, but pulling the plug to ultimately let go of your beloved pet is on an entirely different level of pain. Unfortunately, pet euthanasia may be a requirement in cases such as terminal illness.
As much as you love your pet, you don’t want to prolong their suffering. Here are some things about euthanasia that you should know about.
When is it time to pull the plug?
According to Atlanta Pet Hospice, it is time to depart from your aged or terminally ill pets when you know there is a significant decline in their quality of life. You want them to die peacefully and not in pain, afraid, or stressed, do you?
When you can clearly see your pet suffering and you know that their condition is something the veterinarian can no longer cure, you have to put them down. Euthanasia is never an easy decision, and it might be difficult to explain to your children why you have to do it, but you have to consider your own pet’s physical comfort.
How does it actually happen?
Watching your beloved pet be put down is undoubtedly a painful experience for you, but rest assured that it is a painless and gentle process for them.
First, your pet receives a sedative injection that will induce a deep state of sleep within ten to fifteen minutes. After the sedative takes effect, that’s when they get the second injection. There could be small muscle movements as a natural reaction to the sedative, but your pet will not feel nor be aware of it.
Although hospice centers and veterinary clinic can administer euthanasia in their location, you may opt for at-home pet euthanasia. This is probably the easiest way to do it, especially if your pet experiences anxiety and clinic fear or if they have motion sickness. Furthermore, it lets them die peacefully in the comfort and familiarity of home.