Your Questions and Concerns Addressed
Saying goodbye is rarely easy. If you’re thinking about having your pet put down, we know that it can be hard on families, however, it’s often in your pet’s best interest. If your pet is suffering from a painful, incurable issue, such as terminal cancer, or is otherwise in a lot of pain, putting him or her to sleep may provide relief. Not sure if pet euthanasia is right for your situation? Contact Dr. Angela Christodoulou at the Veterinary Medical Clinic of Ocean Springs, MS right away.
For now, let’s address some common questions and concerns surrounding pet euthanasia. Remember, however, that each individual case is different, so it is smart to reach out to a veterinarian to talk specifically about your situation.
Pet Euthanasia and What You Need to Know
If you opt for pet euthanasia, your pet will be administered very powerful drugs which will then shut his body down.
The most common medication used to put pets to sleep is pentobarbital. In small doses, pentobarbital is used to treat seizures and to temporarily knock out patients for surgery and other procedures. In large doses, however, pentobarbital quickly shuts the body down. Generally speaking, heart and brain activity cease within two minutes.
Euthanasia is typically painless for your pets. Veterinarians want to provide as much comfort as possible. Some may opt to treat your pet with other sedatives before administering the euthanasia drugs.
Can I Be with My Pet?
Yes! Many veterinarians will not only allow you to be with your companion, but may also encourage you to be there. You can provide comfort for your pet during their final moments. While the process is often hard on owners, a bit of comfort can go a long way.
That said, if you believe that the process will be too hard on you, our veterinarian will understand. Vets and vet clinic staff will work hard to comfort your pet and to make the process as painless as possible.
When Should I Euthanize My Pet?
There is no easy or simple answer for when the time is right. If you believe that it may be time to put your pet to sleep, it’s smart to talk with a veterinarian.
Generally speaking, euthanasia is often recommended for older pets who have trouble functioning and for pets of any age that are suffering from painful, incurable conditions, such as terminal cancer. At this point, life may simply be too hard for your pet.
Putting your cat, dog, or other companion to sleep may be hard for you and your family. However, for your pet, euthanasia may provide lasting pain relief.
If you have any questions, contact Dr. Angela Christodoulou at the Veterinary Medical Clinic of Ocean Springs, MS.