Crossing the rainbow bridge and going to sleep are some ways people describe pet euthanasia. While it is hard to say goodbye to your pet, making the most challenging choice is sometimes necessary to help them be free from pain. Our compassionate team at Fairview Veterinary Hospital in Independence, MO, understands how hard this decision is. We’ve compiled a few answers to the most common questions at our animal hospital.
When to Say Goodbye?
There isn’t a specific age where we can tell someone that it is time to consider having their pet put to sleep. So instead, we look for cues that senior pets show, such as constant pain. Some senior pets will eventually reach a point where their arthritis prevents them from walking and causes them to relieve themselves inside your home. Others may have untreatable cancer, and euthanasia persists as the most humane way to end their misery.
Will the Vet Let You Stay Close By?
Our veterinarian encourages families to make this experience as comfortable as possible for everyone. Being surrounded by their family helps pets feel more at ease, and they often seem to instinctively know that they are loved and cared for in their final moments here on earth. If you plan to have other family members at the euthanizing appointment, let us know so we can help prepare for the most suitable arrangements.
How Do You Explain the Decision to the Family?
People tend to have different views about euthanizing pets, and this is a decision that you’ve worked hard to make, even with your vet’s advice. It might help describe the procedure with small children as putting your family pet to sleep, so they are no longer hurting. With adults, you can share a few things you’ve learned from your vet about the procedure and offer them the option of helping you say goodbye.
How Do You Plan for a Pet Burial?
There are many ways to honor your pet. Some people choose to do a life celebration, holding a small party at home before their pet goes to the vet. Other people choose to create a paw print heirloom that they can cherish forever, or you might decide to make a virtual scrapbook of your favorite memories together to share at your pet's burial. Finding a way to honor your pet’s life and recognize your loss helps make it easier to move forward.
Consult with Our Vet about Pet Euthanasia
Working with a veterinarian to decide when it is time for pet euthanasia gives you peace about your decision. Call us today at Fairview Veterinary Hospital in Independence, MO, to consult with our caring veterinary team. Call our office at (816) 257-5454 to schedule an appointment.