Vet Tech Encourages Pet Owners to Stay with Their Dogs During Euthanasia
Euthanizing a dog is a difficult decision for any pet owner, often brought on by chronic medical issues, disease, or injury that severely impact the animal’s quality of life. In some cases, euthanasia is the compassionate choice to end their pain and suffering. However, many pet owners say their goodbyes, leave their dogs at the vet’s office, and walk away, abandoning their pets during their final moments.
A vet employee and Reddit user, u/rescuemum, posted an emotional plea on Reddit, urging pet owners to stay with their pets during euthanasia. She shared her first-hand experience of witnessing the heartbreak dogs feel when their owners leave them alone during this difficult time. In her post, she wrote, “I’m sick of people dropping their dogs off to be euthanized. It might be hard to say goodbye but it’s hell for them. They already don’t like the vet, they’re confused, they’re scared, they’re sad, and they’re looking for YOU when they take their last breath.”
Though she tries to provide as much love and comfort as possible, she acknowledges that nothing can replace the love of the pet’s owner. She shared a heart-wrenching story of a woman who left her 13-year-old dog alone to be euthanized, resulting in the dog spending its last day in distress, searching for its family.
This powerful story serves as a crucial reminder to pet owners to be there for their pets, even during their final moments. It emphasizes the importance of providing comfort and love to our beloved animals until the very end.
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