Vet issues heartfelt plea to owners after watching a ‘scared and confused’ dog being put down without her family beside her
- A vet took to Reddit to urge owners to stay with their pets in their final moments
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A vet has urged owners in a heartfelt plea to stay with their pets during their final moments – no matter how upsetting it is.
When the time comes to say goodbye to our beloved furry friends, some will decide to avoid the pain of having to say farewell and instead let a vet be the animal’s only companion.
However, one vet has taken to Reddit to encourage owners to keep their pet company while they are being put to sleep – rather than wait outside or avoid the premises all together.
In a resurfaced post, the expert explained how staying with an animal at the end of their life could help them feel more comfortable and less anxious.
The vet said: ‘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.
A vet has urged owners in a heartfelt plea to stay with their pets during their final moments – no matter how upsetting it is (stock image)
‘I can try to provide them as much love and comfort as I humanly can but at the end of the day, I’m a stranger to them.’
The vet explained how a woman dropped off her 13-year-old dog to be euthanised at the expert’s clinic – but the pet was left scanning the room for the owner during her final moments.
She continued: ‘I told her we didn’t have a vet in the clinic as she was on farm calls all day, but she insisted on leaving her there at 9 am knowing that our vet wouldn’t be back until well after 6 pm.
‘She was too busy to bring her back later, so she left her sweet girl to be alone all day before dying.
‘I kept her with me for most of the day, took her for a small walk, bought her a cheeseburger and doughnut on my lunch and laid on the ground and cuddled her while she cried, scared and confused.
‘I kissed her and told her she was a good girl while she crossed the rainbow bridge, but her eyes never stopped looking for her family.
‘Dogs know what’s happening, don’t do this to them. Be there when they cross that bridge. It won’t kill you, I promise.’
The vet went on to share her thoughts with those who can’t stay with their pets when the injection is administered, and said she wasn’t trying to upset those who felt they had little choice but to leave the room.
The vet took to Reddit to encourage owners to keep their pet company while they are being put to sleep – rather than wait outside or avoid the premises all together
Other users thanked the vet for their honesty.
One person wrote: ‘I’ve sat in the room with every family dog and last year, my first “me” dog needed some peace after nearly 17 years of life.
‘The biggest issue was her cognitive decline- I don’t think she even know where she was any more and I’m sure it was very stressful for her.
‘When the vet gave her the sedative (prior to the euthanasia) she finally looked at peace for the first time in about two months.
‘I saw my baby dog again and she was so beautiful and sweet. My ex who basically raised her with me was in the room too and we both hugged and kissed her. It’s sad but also great to finally give them the peace they deserve.’
Another added: ‘Seeing my dog euthanized was one of the worst experiences of my life, but I would never have made her go through that alone. People don’t deserve dogs, they are too good for us.’
Other users thanked the vet for their honesty, with one saying that dogs are ‘too good’ for people
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