Life’s ending is part of life’s journey
For most people, this is one of the most difficult decisions you will face for your pet. If the quality of your pet’s life has diminished so that they are experiencing more bad days than good days, it may be time to consider easing your pet’s suffering. There is no greater role for a veterinarian than to prevent animal suffering and to provide a humane euthanasia, when all viable alternatives have been explored. The most important thing that you can do for your pet, irrespective of his or her age, is to minimize any pain or distress being experienced at the end of his or her life. Home euthanasia provides a painless, peaceful end for a pet at the end of his or her life. Caretakers or guardians have the burden of deciding when that time is to be; a prior house call can be made to assist you in making this decision.
The Euthanasia Process:
On the day of euthanasia, your pet will receive two injections; a sedative that takes 15 minutes to take effect, and a final euthanasia drug, that takes less than 10 seconds.
Other pets in the household:
Pets can recognize death in a companion animal; they should be encouraged to see the deceased body of an animal they knew, as then they can adjust and spend less time searching and grieving than pets who have not seen their companion’s remains. After the loss of a companion animal, many people observe a change in their surviving pet’s behaviour. Sometimes the pet appears depressed and shows diminished interest in play or food, and it often helps to give your surviving pet some extra attention and love. Pets have their own emotions and feel ours.
Cremation and keepsakes:
Depending upon the laws of the area that you live in you may bury your pet on your property. If you are considering cremation there is either the option of a General or a Private Cremation. When choosing a Private Cremation there is the option of having the ashes returned in a scatter-box or an an urn of your choice. The services of the Calgary Humane Society is utilized to facilitate your wishes regarding your pet’s remains. Both of these aftercare service providers have a catalogues of choices of keepsakes on the websites listed. Dr. Jan makes paw impressions in clay, in the colour and medium of your choice.