For those of us who have had to put a pet to sleep in the past, we already know just how difficult this process can be. There is no easy way to say goodbye to a beloved family member and it can be tough for pet owners to assume the all important responsibility of deciding when it it time to finally lay the animal to rest. Holding any living creature’s life in your hands is something that should be considered as a burden.
This is not a matter to be taken lightly under any circumstances. Arin recently shared her story about her experience when it came to saying goodbye to her beloved Barky and it will definitely touch your heart. Barky was 14 years old when she was diagnosed with a severe and congestive heart failure that caused her to go through a great deal of pain and exhaustion.
The heart could no longer pump blood through the body in the manner in which Barky was accustomed. Since the family did not want their pet to suffer through a painful death, they decided that it would be best to have a vet assist her into the afterlife. During the process of reaching out to a wide range of vets, Arin learned a lot about euthanizing and its viability as an option.
First of all, the process of putting an animal to sleep involves two different shots. The first shot is a sedative that puts the pet in a state of deep sleep and the second shot kills them in moments once they are slumbering. The process is totally painless and meant to provide a humane resolution for the animal when they are in place of suffering.
It is good to know that your animal is able to exit the planet peacefully when they have reached a point where their life is no longer worth living. However, it is important to consult with a vet about the animal’s quality of life and whether their ailments can be treated before making a final decision. In Barky’s case, the disease was unable to be treated and the animal needed to be put to rest.
There is never a “correct” time to euthanize a member of the family and we urge readers to take the time to find out about every available treatment option before making any final choices. Please share this story with all of the pet owners in your life!