Saying goodbye to a beloved is ridiculously tough. It doesn’t matter if your furry friend lived a long and happy life; when it comes to the end, it’s never enough time.
Having to take your best friend to the vets to put an end to their suffering is something that many aren’t able to do.
I can vividly remember my family taking our dog for his final journey when I was young. It’s amongst the most painful memories I have, but at least I was by his side at the last.
I tried my best to be strong for him, because I knew he would sense my distress otherwise.
When it was done, I cried for several days. I knew he was in a better place; a place where he’d feel no more pain. But it was still heartbreaking all the same.
Sadly, not all pet owners have the courage to stay with their animals until their last breath. They’re not there to see them put to sleep; they prefer to let the veterinarian handle the final moments.
Now, one vet – who wishes to remain anonymous – has chosen to share his thoughts on it, and they’re heartbreaking.
The vet’s message:
“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 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!!! They may just be a part of yours but all they know is you as their family. It is a crappy decision/day/time/even every time, there is no argument against that and it is devastating for us as humans to lose them. 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 thing you people need to know that mose of you don’t is that THEY SEARCH FOR YOU WHEN YOU LEAVE THEM BEHIND!!!!
They search every face in the room for their loved person. They don’t understand why you left them when they are sick, scared, old or dying from cancer and they need your comfort.
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 our best every time to comfort them, make them less scared and try to explain why you just couldn’t stay.
From a tired and broken-hearted vet.”
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