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How to Cope when Your Pet Needs to Be Euthanized
Euthanasia is a humane way of letting an animal rest in peace and is often used for animals that are suffering or are unable to be re-homed in conjunction with the ASPCA. Though it is hard to make the decision to put an animal to sleep, and though in many cases it may feel like you are, in a way, letting it die, in actual fact, you're letting your beloved pet die in dignity without being in pain, and you are able to be with it for the whole journey.
Consult with your veterinarian.In almost all cases, vets will try everything in their power to save the animal. They may also be able to explain what the process involves and answer any questions you may have.
Be with your pet and treat it well.Spend as much time as you can with your pet. If it's old, keep it warm and gently stroke it and comfort it. If your pet is in need of urgent euthanasia, be with your pet and talk to it, tell it how you feel and how much you'll miss it. If you have a few weeks or days with your pet, give it VIP (Very Important Pet) treatment: a warm bath, a massage, expensive food and treats, and lots of fun times. If your pet is unable to walk due to old age or an injury, carry it to a sunny spot and talk to it. Your pet will love you even more, and this private time is essential for grieving.
Make sure you have another driver with you, if you are licensed.More than likely, your emotions will take hold after the consultation, and you will only want to sit quietly.
Take your pet to the vet a few minutes early, so you're not rushing into the consultation.Take your pet's favorite blanket, basket, bed, or toy, and constantly talk to your pet. Pets know about things, like if you're in danger or if they are going to the vet. Your pet will know what is happening.
While at the vet clinic, ensure any paperwork is filled out prior to the consultation, unless required afterward, as after the euthanasia your eyes will more than likely be swelling, and you will be unable to concentrate.
During the process, take a few minutes to be with your pet, stroke it and talk to it.The veterinarian will understand and nearly always will ask you if you are ready. If the pet is sick and this is the most humane treatment, then this is your goodbye. When you give the go-ahead, look into your pet's eyes and talk to it, stroke it, and cuddle and kiss it. As your pet's life fades, you will be the final thing it saw and heard.
After the euthanasia is completed, you may take your pet's body home for a burial, have it cremated and receive the ashes, or allow the vet to dispose of it (usually by cremation).If you have a long-term residence and a place for burial, it may be best to take it home for grieving and burial. If you wish to take it home, The vet will wrap it up in a blanket or plastic bag and place it in a box.
Conduct a Burial Service ( This Link May Help ); have your friends and family there or simply have yourself.Say a few nice words, and place flowers or something nice on the burial plot.
Coping is hard; not coping is harder.
Understand that if your pet had a serious illness it was a better choice to have it euthanized than to have your pet suffer for the last of their life.
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- It is time for a pet, for example a dog, to go to thebeyondwhen a "dog can't be a dog anymore." If yourpetis in continual pain or can not play, eat (retain nourishment), or enjoy life and you have reason to believe that it can't be righted; it's time.
- Don't dwell on the past. Remember the good times and think that if you never had your pet, your life would not have changed for the better.
- Let your emotion out. It may be bottled up for a few days, but youneedto let it out, or you will become sour and angry with yourself.
- Don't feel like this is the end; it's not, and though it will seem hard and never-ending, the pain will stop, and your life will be able to be as normal as you make it.
- Don't eat to compensate for your loss; try to live as normally as you can.
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