Putting a Pet to Sleep

Making the choice on putting a pet to sleep is difficult. It's a personal choice for pet owners to make in the best interest of themselves and their pet. It's not an easy thing to do and different people will react differently. If you've never had to do this before then this article will help you understand how the process works so you can handle it a little more smoothly.

How does the euthanasia procedure work? Using a needle a solution is injected into the pet. Typically within twelve seconds the pet will take a deeper breath and then appear to get weak or be in a deep sleep. The pet is unconscious, but may take a few more breaths and then all the pet's movements will cease.

Some pet owners want to be there with their pet as they take their last breaths, however for others it is too emotional and upsetting. If you think you can't handle it then you can say your goodbyes and then sit in the waiting room. The procedure will be done and the veterinarian will make sure the pet's eyes are closed. You can then have a moment with the deceased pet if you wish.

After the procedure you need to know if you want to take your deceased pet home for a personal burial or if you want to leave it with the vet. Veterinarians won't perform an autopsy unless you request one. They simply bury the pet or cremate it.

If you have any questions before or after having your pet put down, feel free to ask your veterinarian. They are there to help, they are experts that can answer questions for you. You are not the first person to ever have your pet put to sleep. You may feel bad about it, but you did it for your beloved pet.

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.