Observing and keeping an accurate record of your pet in his or her daily activities can help you to decide. If you observe that moments of discomfort outweigh his or her capacity to enjoy life, it is time to euthanize, even if your pet still experiences pleasure in eating or socializing. If your pet is in pain, your main goal should be to minimize suffering.
It is highly recommended that a thorough health evaluation be done with your regular veterinarian before deciding to euthanize. Are you aware that one out of every nine senior pets (pets over 8 years old) has a urinary tract infection without clinical signs like “accidents” in the house? Are you aware a low thyroid level can appear as “slowing down”,”tired all the time”, “shows no interest in play” and weakens the immune system? Are you aware that dogs and cats show “pain” very differently than humans? They can’t say, “Hey, my back is sore every morning.” You should be as well informed as you choose to be before making the decision to euthanize and this is best done through a consultation with your regular veterinarian.
Dr. Kristin will notify your regular veterinarian of your pet’s passing if requested on the intake form when scheduling your appointment.
This is a personal decision. On one hand, you probably do not want your pet to be alone with a stranger in the final moments but on the other hand you may not be up to watching your pet’s death. Every owner wants to think of euthanasia as a gentle slipping into death, much like falling asleep. In reality, the pet will not close his or her eyes, and there may be a final twitch, gasp, or even urination. Dr. Kristin will administer a tranquilizer prior to euthanizing to help facilitate a smooth passing. The owner must be aware that this may make their pet quite sedate and, therefore, unresponsive to their voice.
The issue of children being present is a personal one and the above information should be considered.