What to Expect from Pet Euthanasia

Pet euthanasia is a subject that has to be discussed with your vet. If your pet is suffering from illnesses that come with age such as arthritis can be relieved with this. It can be a little difficult to identify when your dog is in pain as they will not necessarily howl or cry to show this. When there is long term pain, pets tend to adapt their behaviour in order to cope with it.

There are also certain problems that are treatable and will not need euthanasia. This is why it is so important to speak about this with your vet. If you feel as if your pet is in pain, it is best to have them seen by a vet as soon as possible. Some of the signs that your dog is in pain can be loss of appetite or their activity level can get a little altered. If it is an active dog, they may not want to do their normal activities and you may notice them getting restless. Some dogs tend to be more withdrawn and lose their enthusiasm. You need to discuss these issues with your vet to get to the root of the problem. The decision to euthanize your pet should not be made lightly. There are a few things you have to consider such as whether your pet is able to eat, drink and move comfortable and whether they still respond to your presence. How is their appetite? Do they seem interested in food? You and your family will know your dog’s moods better than anyone.

You can discuss with your vet and see if the pet improves during a certain period of time. If their quality of life is so poor and it doesn’t seem as if they will die peacefully in their sleep, you can consider pet euthanasia at home. Once you have decided on euthanasia as per the recommendation of your vet, you will have to sign a consent form. There will be an injection of anaesthetic overdose given to the pet when it comes to euthanasia. The injection is painless and your dog will not feel anything. They will cry out at the first pinprick of the injection and they will feel dizzy when the anaesthetic comes into effect. They will be unconscious within seconds and death will occur a few minutes afterwards. If the pet is restless, they will be given a sedative at first to calm them down.

The process of euthanasia generally occurs quite smoothly and it is a quick process that will not cause further pain to the pet. But you need to keep your composure at this moment because the pet will pick up on your upset and they will start to get stressed out. After euthanasia, you can spend a little time with your pet to say the final goodbyes. You can choose a vet that also provides pet cremation. If you require, you can have the ashes returned to you. This will be a more expensive option. If you have children, get them involved and talk to them about why this is happening. It is best to be honest and to give them a place in decision making as well.

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