If your pet is experiencing severe illness or trauma, you may find yourself faced with making a life or death decision. The kindest choice may be to end your pet's suffering.  If your pet is experiencing severe illness or trauma, you may find yourself faced with making a life or death decision. The kindest choice may be to end your pet's suffering. Nothing makes this decision easy or painless for you.

The euthanasia decision is emotionally trying and involves dealing with fear, guilt and eventually, grief. Yet as a responsible pet owner, it is a decision you must be prepared to face. A helpful first step is to learn more about the process. Ultimately, you will know when it's time to ease your pet' suffering.

Discussions with your veterinarian can help you prepare for thus decision. He or she is the most qualified and experienced person to offer guidance and has accepted an oath to use their knowledge and skills for the benefit and protection of animal health and tl1e relief of animal suffering. Once you have talked with your veterinarian, allow yourself the opportunity to reflect privately and to make a decision in your own time.

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Euthanasia

What does euthanasia mean?

Euthanasia means "gentle and easy death." It can be an intelligent and humane choice that provides a painless alternative to unnecessary agony. It allows your last moments with your pet to be peaceful rather than unpleasant.

 

What are the most common reasons for euthanasia?

  • Terminal illness (51 % )
  • Old age or senility (37%)
  • Traumatic injury or behavioral problem (12%)*

 

May I be present when my pet is euthanized?

Pet owners are always encouraged to be present during the euthanasia. Your presence helps calm the animal while, at the same time, helping you come to terms with your pet's death.

 

What happens during the euthanasia procedure?

Typically, the pet is given a mild sedative in order to relax. A concentrated anesthetic is then administered as a final agent to quickly and painlessly terminate nerve transmission. Rest assured, this process is as painless, quick and humane as possible