Saying goodbye to your pet
Right from the moment you set eyes on the cute little kitten or puppy or that rescued pet turns their trusting eyes on you, you start to form an emotional bond. For very many people their pets become constant companions, best friends or surrogate children. Possibly one of the hardest things you will ever have to do is to make the decision to have your beloved pet euthanatized.
As a responsible, caring pet owner it is sometimes the only choice left to prevent pain and suffering.
At Valley Farm we understand the connections people have with their pets.
The doctors cannot make the decision for you but are here to advise and support you.
Every single one of us has had to make this decision for one of our own pets so we know how hard it is.
- It is best to make an appointment when you know it is time to say goodbye.
- Let the receptionist know why you are coming so they can try to book you in at a quiet time.
Here are some tips to take note of before you come in:
- Discuss the decision with your family and the option of coming in with the pet,
- Make sure everyone gets time to say goodbye and to ask any questions they may have.
- Children in the family should be allowed to express their feelings of grief and be supported with honest answers to the many questions they will have.
The steps explained:
- The actual euthanasia of the pet is a quiet and painless procedure.
- It is your personal choice if you would like to stay while the vet administers the drug.
- It is practice policy to place a catheter in the vein for all euthanasia so there can be no complications with administration of the drug.
- A kennel assistant will hold your pet while the doctor administers the drug, which is a very highly concentrated anaesthetic.
- As soon as the doctor starts to inject your pet will become sleepy, the pet’s respiration will deepen as they become unconscious. After just a few seconds all movement will stop.
- The doctor will listen for your pet’s heart beat to assure you that they have passed.
- All pets left with us for cremation go to a pet crematorium.
- In addition to a standard cremation we offer a private cremation and return of your pet’s ashes.
- If you would like your pet’s ashes back please discuss the procedure and costs with the doctor or receptionist.
Understandably people experience grief at the loss of the pet just as they would for any other close friend or relative.
Grief is a very personal process:
- Very often starting with shock, denial, not wanting to believe your pet is so sick and then anger.
- Anger at the vet for not being able to help, anger at yourself, your friends and family.
- Many people will go through stages of depression, despair and will bargain to try and save their pet, or even bring them back.
- The last stage of grief is acceptance. Accepting and moving on.
The intensity, duration and order of these stages vary from person to person but they are all very normal.