Saying Goodbye to a Pet

By September 14, 2016 Pet Care No Comments

cat, cats, petsIt’s something that no pet owner wants to imagine, but will eventually have to face: saying goodbye to a pet. Because it is an unfortunate fact of life, it’s important to be prepared for it. There are steps that owners must take and difficult decisions that they must make when a pet passes on.

Euthanasia

Pets owners must decide for themselves if euthanasia is right for their pets. It is an incredibly difficult decision to make, but if a pet is suffering at the end of its life, and the vet has determined that quality of life is simply too low, or there is some other medical reason that the animal must be put down, euthanasia is a humane option. It’s gentle, painless, and allows a person to be there for the pet at the very end. The vet will give the family all the time they need, and then administer a sedative so the pet will sleep. After that, the medication will be administered, and the animal will rest in peace.

Natural Passing at Home

If a pet parent wants the animal to pass in the comfort of home, a vet can advise on the best way to go about that so the pet is as comfortable as possible. There is also the terrible possibility of an animal passing suddenly at home. When these things happen, there are several possible steps.

First, it is important be aware of any regulations regarding animal remains in a city or neighborhood. For safety reasons, there may be regulations regarding burial, cremation, and removal. If the animal dies suddenly, the owner may want a necropsy (an animal autopsy) to find the cause prior to cremation or burial. If the pet will be cremated or taken elsewhere for other memorial arrangements, it is important to keep the animal’s body cool, and to not wait long before moving it.

They are part of the family and saying goodbye to a pet can be incredibly difficult. If your pet is approaching the end of his or her life with you, you can be assured that we at Pet Vet Hospitals will treat you and your pet with all the love and respect possible.