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 deteriorated. It takes courage to assume this last duty and it is our last responsibility to a pet which has given us love and companionship.
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 euthanasia may be approaching. He or she cannot make the decision for you, but he can help you to decide when it is 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.
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 to medical or other reasons
- Translocation and inability to rehome a pet
Whatever the reason, it is important that the decision is made in the best interest of your pet.
“I know in time that you will see the kindness that you did for me. Although may tail its last has waved, from pain and suffering I have been saved”
*Information courtesy of Bayer Animal Health