Dealing with Pet Euthanasia

Let's talk about dealing with pet euthanasia.

You love your pet and never want them to get sick. Unfortunately, our pets can experience injuries and diseases just like us. Many pet owners don't want to see their pets suffer and have to make the tough decision to go with euthanasia. This article will discuss what you can expect during this difficult time.

Making the decision to put your pet down will come after the veterinarian has already giving you a prognosis, most likely not a good one. Depending on your pet's condition they may have to stay at the vets office while you make your decision or you may be able to take them home. If you've decided on euthanasia you will have to call your vet's office and schedule the appointment with the receptionist. Pick a time that's convenient for you and gives you some mourning time. You don't want to have to rush to work after losing your pet. Your also don't want the procedure to be rushed because there are other appointments. Therefore, you may want to be either the first appointment of the day or the last. When making the appointment you can also ask any questions you may have or just tell the receptionist that you've never had to do this before.

You have the choice to be in the room with your pet or not. Some people want to be with their pet and others can't bear it. It's your personal choice. After your pet has been put down, you will also have the option to take them home for a burial or to leave the deceased pet at the vet's for burial or cremation.

Don't feel bad about asking your veterinarian any questions you have before or after the procedure. Make sure you understand the procedure and any decisions that you need to make. This is a difficult time for you, your vet will be understanding and help you in any way that they can.

The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your veterinarian or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment.