Letting Go of a Beloved Pet: When Is It Time?
One of the most difficult decisions any pet family will face is the decision to euthanize a beloved companion animal. One thing that is easily overlooked when you’re dealing with this choice is that saying goodbye can protect your pet from an extended period of pain and anxiety. Letting your pet go may be the biggest act of love you ever give to him. How do you know when the time is right to let go and start considering your pet’s funeral? Although this decision is a personal one, here are some of the signs that you may wish to consider saying goodbye.
Your pet is in pain.
Pain is not only uncomfortable for pets; it is also scary. Your pet can’t understand the source of his pain rationally like humans can, so it can be particularly distressing. Often, the treatments that are required to control your pet’s pain can themselves cause more pain. Your pet does not understand that injections and surgical procedures are designed to help him—he only experiences the discomfort that they cause. Making the decision to euthanize your pet can spare him from a prolonged period of pain at the end of his life .
Your pet is anxious.
Sickness, pain, and medical interventions can cause a significant amount of anxiety for pets. Your pet will sense his vulnerability but will not be able to understand it. Look for signs like pacing, panting, and restlessness, particularly at night. Saying goodbye to your pet will put and end to this feeling of fear.
Your veterinarian recommends it.
Veterinarians will never recommend euthanasia when they don’t believe it is in the best interest of your pet. If your vet suggests that now could be the time, he is doing so with the benefit of all of his education and experience. You can rely on your vet’s recommendations.
When the time comes to say goodbye, Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory is here to help you plan your pet’s funeral in Dallas and make decisions about his burial or cremation. Get answers to your questions about what to do after the loss of a pet by calling (682) 587-2324.