Euthanasia comes from the Greek expression meaning ‘good death’ and refers to assisted dying. The assistance ends the life of a pet in a painless way. Euthanasia is performed for merciful reasons in order to end suffering.
All pet owners want their pet’s last moments to be comfortable as possible and stress free for themselves and their pet as the situation can be. A question commonly asked is “Can the veterinarian come to our home to administer euthanasia ?” The answer is yes. The decision to end a loved pet’s suffering and discomfort is never easy. Euthanasia is peaceful, painless and dignified. If your veterinarian does not provide in home service, there are a number of compassionate mobile vets who will come to your home.
A list of things to think about regarding making a decision for pet euthanasia:
- Is there a reasonable chance for a cure…for comfort?
- How much additional time might treatment give?
- What will the quality of that time be?
- Do I have the financial and emotional resources to handle long-term medical care, if needed?
- Will I have the necessary physical and emotional stamina to attend to my pet’s needs? (getting up at night… preparing a special diet…giving injections)
- Is our relationship changing or decreasing in quality as I anticipate the loss?
- How many of my pet’s usual activities are still possible?
- Is my pet suffering, even though physical pain is not evident?
Part of letting go is recognizing what it is we stand to lose. Our pets seem to provide many things we as humans crave yet are sometimes not able to provide one another..... acceptance without conditions, unwavering support and appreciation for who we are. Losing this type of love and connection can be the worst loss some will ever experience. At times, the last, best gift we can offer our beloved animal companions is release from unending sickness and/or pain. If your primary focus is truly your pet and their comfort and your decision is made from a heart of love, you will make the right choice.
Peace and blessings be with you.