Why you should never leave your pet when it is being put down
Saying goodbye to a pet is amongst one the hardest things a person can do, and sometimes owners have no option due to a debilitating illness that is causing unnecessary suffering for the animal.
The emotional toll it takes on a pet owner is so pronounced that many choose to leave the room when the animal is put to sleep.
They say their goodbyes and the veterinarians take care of the rest.
But according to a viral post by an anonymous veterinarian, leaving your pet at this final moment should be reconsidered.
According to the Post:
“When you are a pet owner it is inevitable, the majority of the time, that your pet will die before you do.”
“So if and when you have to you have to take your pet to the vet’s office for a humane pain-free ending I want you all to know something.”
“You have been the center of their world for THEIR ENTIRE LIVES!!!!”
The anonymous vet reminds us that our pets are only alive for a small portion of our lives, and we have been the center of their entire universe.
“It is a crappy decision/day/time/event every time, there is no argument against that, and it is devastating for us as humans to lose them,” the post continued.
“But please I beg you DO NOT LEAVE THEM. Do not make them transition from life to death in a room of strangers in a place they don’t like.”
The next statement is heart-wrenching and will make you hug your pets tighter.
“The thing you people need to know that most of you don’t is that THEY SEARCH FOR YOU WHEN YOU LEAVE THEM BEHIND!!!!”
The vet says pets frantically search each face, looking for a familiar one, looking for their beloved owners.
They don’t understand what is happening and become fearful.
The vet continues:
“Don’t be a coward because you think it is just too hard for YOU, imagine what they feel as you leave them in their most vulnerable time and people like me are left to try out best every time to comfort them, make them less scared and try to explain why you just couldn’t stay.”
The vet ended the post, “From a tired broken-hearted vet.”
The post has since gone viral, garnering over 111,000 shares since it was posted in August 2018.
The message hopefully struck a chord with pet owners.
One man, named Randy Mason, was one of more than 4,000 commenters to share his own experience at the vets.
“Had to let my beautiful 20-year-old Siamese go. I insisted on holding my baby as he crossed…I kept telling him I loved him, and he knew I was with him.
“I wanted him to see me and know that I’d always be with him…he gave me so much over the years, and I still miss him every day…”
Another user, named Jenna Jackson, praised the veterinary clinic for sharing the message.
“So glad you posted this. I’ve heard people say, “it was too hard for me to stay.” REALLY? Too “hard” for you?