What Is Euthanasia?

Euthanasia literally means “gentle death”. Other terms you may hear are “put to sleep” or “put down”. The decision to end a life is never easy. It is a personal, loving decision to euthanase a pet for which the quality of life has deteriortated. It takes courage to assume this last duty and it is our last responsibility to a pet which has given us years of love and companionship.

What Should I Do?

Your relationship with your pet is special and you are responsible for your pet’s care and welfare. Eventually, many owners are faced with making life-or-death decisions for their pets.  Your vet is an invaluable source of advice when you feel the time for euthanasaia may be approaching.

He or she cannot make the decision for you, but he/she can help you to decide when it’s time to let go. Consider not only what is best for your pet, but also what is best for you and your family. Quality of life is important for pets and people alike.

Why Is There A Need For Euthanasia?

There are numerous reasons for opting to euthanase a pet.

These include:  

  • Old age and debility
  • A terminal illness
  • Inability to treat a pet due do to medical or other reasons T
  • ranslocating and an inability to home a pet.

Whatever the reason, it is important that the decision is made in the best interests of your pet.

What Happen When A Pet Is Euthanised?

The euthanasia drug itself is an over does of barbituate (nervous system depressant/painkiller). This is administered through an IV catheter or with a needle and syringe. Unconsciousness follows rapidly, usually within 30 seconds. Observers generally describe it as a quick, peaceful and painless death.  

Things To Be Aware Of As Death Occures  

  • The eyes may remain open  
  • There may be last gasping breath, called an agonal breath.
  • There may be vocalisation.
  • There may be muscle twitching
  • The heart may continue beating for a short period after breathing has stopped.
  • The bladder and possible bowel contents will be released.

In most circumstances you will notice nothing except a peaceful release of tension as in “going to sleep”

What Happens To Your Pets Body After Euthanasia?  

After temporary cooled storage, your pet will be cremated by a pet cremation company such as Envirocin. You may choose to have the ashes returned to you – if this is the case it is important you tell your vet prior to the euthanasia.

“I know in time that you will see, the kindness that you did for me. Although my tail it’s last has waved, from pain and suffering I’ve been saved”  Excerpt from “If it should be” – Anonymous.

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