There comes a point in any relationship when it is time to say goodbye to someone that you love. The same is true with a beloved pet. Most pet owners would agree that over years of ownership, a pet can become as important as a member of the family with almost as much love as a child. People spend a significant amount of time with their pets and make lifelong memories that will be remembered forever. This makes it extremely hard to say goodbye to your pet, especially when he or she is in poor health. An especially difficult situation that arises is when the choice to humanely put down when their health starts to fade. The idea of having to euthanize your pet is probably one of the most horrible things that you could possibly imagine, but you should realize that there are certain situations where it may be better for you and your pet to choose this option.
The first thing that you need to know about euthanasia is that it is extremely humane. Your pet will not feel any pain when this process happens, and can even be given anti anxiety medication to reduce anxiety of being in the veterinarian’s office. You should not have a fear that your pet will experience any sort of pain at all. Once you realize that there is no pain associated with the process, it will be much easier to come to a realistic decision on whether you should euthanize your pet or not.
While euthanasia is a very difficult choice, you should know that it can be used to take your pet out of misery or to end pain. Pets, just like humans, experience disease, pain, and emotions. If your pet gets severely injured or so old that he or she cannot function, euthanasia may actually be much more humane than forcing the pet to live in pain or with lack of some functions.
If you have come to the difficult decision to euthanize your pet, you will want to find a veterinarian that you trust with your pet. If you already have a vet that you trust, you should schedule an appointment with him or her to discus options with your pet. He or she will have a better idea about the quality of life that your pet will be able to have and if euthanasia is a better option. After that, it is up to you to choose. This will be one of the most difficult decisions that you ever make, but it is one that needs to be made.