South San Francisco, CA October 24, 2021
Pets, it turns out, also have last wishes before they die, but only known by veterinarians who put old and sick animals to sleep.
Twitter user Jesse Dietrich asked a vet what was the most difficult part of his job. The specialist answered without hesitation that it was the hardest for him to see how old or sick animals look for their owners with the eyes of their owners before going to sleep.
The fact is that 90 % of owners don’t want to be in a room with a dying animal. People leave so they don’t see their pet leave. But they don’t realize that it’s in these last moments of life that their pet really needs them.
And Hillcrest Veterinary Clinic in South Africa has posted on their Facebook page for all people with pets. Veterinarians ask the owners to be close to the animals until the very end.
′′ It’s inevitable that they die before you. Don’t forget that you were the center of their life. Maybe they were just a part of you. But they are also your family. No matter how hard it is, don’t leave them. Don’t let them die in a room with a stranger in a place they don’t like. Vets are very painful to watch this. On how pets cannot find their owner in the last minutes of their life. They don’t understand why he left them. After all, they needed his consolation.
Veterinarians do everything possible to ensure that animals are not so scared. But they are completely strangers to them. Don’t be a coward who thinks it’s too painful for you. Think about the pet. Endure this pain for the sake of your pets. Be with them until the end “.
What has been your experience when it came to the end of your pet’s life? How did you handle it? What advice do you have to offer others?
Thank you to those who have shared their experience of their furbaby and/or other pets who have crossed the rainbow bridge. It is such an emotional experience – below are some expressions from those who responded on our social media:
When our cat crossed over Rainbow Bridge, we were fortunate to have Dr. Griffin @ Spruce. He was a wonderful Vet. He was a WONDERFUL Dr who passed
Mary Ward —- completely agree — he was a totally awesome Vet!!!! I cried when my mom told me he had died it wasn’t too long after Timber died because we got a new puppy and he had already passed … so he never met Briley
In home hospice and euthanasia is the most loving gift you can give to your pet and your family. Letting my Merlin go was so much easier for him and me in the home he lived in for sixteen years.
Sean Byrd us too Sean. When it was time for my Tita, we chose at home Euthanasia as well. Much less stressful for her.
Heidie Butcher Heath
I have had to put cats, dogs and even birds to sleep. I cannot imagine not being with them. I spoke with them the entire time. Let them hear your voice. I am in tears now as I write this.
I have been with all 3 of my girls – the first two were at the vet and the most recent was here at home. It is the absolute hardest thing I’ve been through but I do it for them, not me. I miss them all but I will be with them again when it is my time. I have 2 young ones now so I’m hoping I don’t have to go through this again for a long time…but when it is their turn I will be there for them as well.
When it was time for our 19yo Cat, Jeff, to leave us (he had cancer), we called Golden Gate Hospice & Euthanasia Vet in San Francisco (Dr. Brian VanHorn), who came to our house, examined our Cat, counseled us, and then gave us the most beautiful experience, at home, in our loving arms. 🌈
I would recommend this to anyone.
Agreed. It’s your job to see them out when it’s their time.
Mike Bruno it’s a responsibility you should know before you bring them into your life. You’re committed until the last breath. I know I am.
Nancy Mascioli same. You’re job isn’t done just because the fun is over
Mike Bruno the heart wrenching is painful but their suffering can be even more so
It’s better to euthanize a day too early than a day too late. Don’t let them suffer
I have my 1st house dog and OMG. THIS IS MY BABY. I just cried reading this. I will never leave my Suge
Dr. Griffen (bless his soul) allowed me to stay in the room next to my baby when he had to put him down.. he let me take him for one last night of bonding with us. He gave him the equivalent of morphine to keep him comfortable on his last day and night. In the morning, we went for a ride to all his favorite places before going into the Vet. The last moments as you watch your baby take his last breath and close his eyes is heart wrenching but they need you by their side ….
Hardest experience ever with my first dog – may 2020. So glad I was able to have all medical options available and see her out.
It’s so hard when an animal passes. You never forget that animal
Always there with them