Losing a pet can be a very emotional and overwhelming experience. It can be difficult for pet owners to cope with the situation as they feel powerless. Some might even find it too hard to stay with their pets until the end. However, veterinarians recommend that owners should be present during this time. Recently, Jessi Dietrich’s tweet on the matter gained a lot of attention online.
During an interview, a veterinarian was asked about the most challenging part of his job. He shared that the majority of pet owners would opt not to be present in the room when he administers the injection to put their animals to sleep. This saddens him because he knows that during those last moments, the pets search for their beloved owners, which is heartbreaking.
The Hillcrest Veterinary Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, replied with a similar message to Jessi Dietrich’s tweet. Despite the difficulties that may arise, the clinic suggested that pet owners should take care of their pets until the very end.
Although the situation was not ideal, the tired and emotional veterinarian at the clinic pleaded with pet owners who brought in their animals to have a peaceful and painless end, not to abandon them.
My suggestion is to stick with your pets and not leave them in an unfamiliar place where they will feel unhappy. It’s important to note that the clinic has observed that most pet owners are unaware that their pets search for them when they’re left behind. Pets often try to locate their loved ones among the crowd, especially when they’re sick, frightened, or old and need comfort. They don’t understand why their owners have left them. If you think it might be too much to handle, don’t give up on them.
According to Dr. Bugeja, it is important to ensure that animals do not experience fear or distress in their final moments. She has a practice of talking to and comforting them with her nurse. Additionally, she noted that pets are more likely to be afraid if they are left alone in an unfamiliar environment, such as a vet’s office or consultation room. If you choose to have your pet put down at a clinic, Dr. Bugeja recommends staying with them in the room to provide reassurance and support.