When your pet is dying, your thoughts turn to how to help this special one who has never denied you absolute love and devotion. It is my firm belief that pet euthanasia (Greek: good death) is actually a gift. It is the last gift that we are able to give our beloved and loyal companions.
I would like to assist you in providing a peaceful passing in your home or any setting where your pet feels safe and comfortable.
First, is the administration of an injection, a cocktail of drugs which is designed not only to sedate, but to relieve any pain. Since these drugs, which are carefully mixed in one injection, are given just under the skin, they are rarely noticed by your pet. They will gradually and peacefully pass into unconsciousness. A last injection, an overdose of an anesthetic is administered intravenously.
Our devoted pet family member should not spend their lasts moments with us frightened or distressed in a hospital environment. Rather, they should be near us, their favorite bed, blanket or toy.
Please explore this website for other information on pet loss and grief in general, in children and other pet companions. If you would like more information on how to decide when to put your pet down or put to sleep your dog or cat, for it is always difficult to decide when to euthanize. Here you will find a general guide was well as a more specific or subjective guide used in Veterinary hospice care. Please note the additional how to decide pdf on the quality of life scale for your pet . Lastly, you find information comparing the age of your pet to human age. For many pet owners, being able to compare their pets age to their own helps in the decision making.
Reading for Adults
AVMA Brochure on Pet Euthanasia
American Veterinary Medical Assoc., 2010
Coping with the Loss of a Pet
Christina M. Lemieux, Wallace r. Clark, 1992
Grieving the Death of a Pet
Dr. Betty Carmack, R.N., Ed.D., Augsburg Publishers, 2003
Grieving Child: A Parent's Guide
Coping With Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet
Moira Anderson, M.Ed, Alpine Blue Ribbon Books, 1996
Reading for Children
When a Pet dies
Fred Rogers, Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 1988
Oh, Where Has My Pet Gone?
Sally Sibbett, B. Libby Press, 1991
The tenth good thing About Barney
A Snowflake in My Hand
Samantha Mooney, Delacorte, 1995
Humane Society of Silicon Valley Grief Counseling
Pet Loss Support Group? Pathways Home Health and Hospice
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