Losing a pet can be a heartbreaking experience. Only pet owners will truly understand how they become an integral and irreplaceable part of the family throughout their lifetimes, with personalities that are unique, loveable and utterly unforgettable.
While people may feel unconditional love for their beloved companions, it seems that many find it too difficult to say goodbye at the very end.
However, that can be a very unfortunate decision, according to vets on social media.
Vets have been sharing the sad reality of what occurs when they have to put an animal down, revealing that many owners choose not to be in the room when their pet passes away.
Hillcrest Veterinary Hospital in South Africa shared a passionate post written by a vet on its Facebook page explaining why, in the vet’s opinion, people should never leave pets who are being put down on their own.
When you are a pet owner it is inevitable, the majority of the time, that your pet will die before you. So, if and when you have to take your petto the vet’s office for a humane and pain-free ending I want to share something from experience. You have been the centre of their world for THEIR ENTIRE LIVES!! They may have just been a part of yours but all they know is you as their family, It is a crappy decision/day/time/event .. there is no argument against that and it isdevastating for us as humans to lose them. But please, I beg you DO NOT LEAVE THEM. Do not make them transition from life to death in aroom of strangers in a place that they don’t like. The thing that youneed to know is that when most people do that .. THEY SEARCH FORYOU WHEN YOU LEAVE THEM BEHIND!! They search every face inthe room for their loved person. They don’t understand why you left them when they are sick, old, scared and dying from cancer. They need your comfort. Don’t be a coward because you think that it will be just too hard for YOU! Imagine what they feel as you leave them in their most vulnerable time and the vet is left to try his/her best to comfort them, make them less scared and try to explain why youcouldn’t stay.
Sometimes your best friend isn’t there when you need him most. That is what a veterinarian reportedly described to Twitter user @jessi_dietrich.
The animal lover posted on her account about a recent question she asked her vet, and the doctor’s heartbreaking response.
“Asked my vet what the hardest part was about his job &he said when he has to put an animal down 90% of owners don’t actually want to be in the room when he injects them so the animal’s last moments are usually them frantically looking around for their owners & tbh that broke me,” the Twitter user posted on July 26.
Over the past month, the tweet has been retweeted more than 41,000 times, liked 140,000 times and has received hundreds of comments. Many of the responses to the heartbreaking tweet come from pet owners who have stayed with an ailing pet while they were euthanized. While most remarked on how hard the choice was, almost all of the animal lovers confessed they were happy to give their pet peace and love in their final moments.
Others responded with messages of despair that pet owners would leave their furry friends in their deepest moment of need. After the tweet began to receive widespread attention, @jessi_diectrich responded to the numerous users who said her original tweet made them horribly sad.
“Didn’t mean to break everyone’s hearts just wanted to raise awareness!!!!! I’m so sorry ,” she wrote.
It appears @jessi_dietrich has succeeded in her mission; shortly after her post started to spread, a New Zealand-based animal hospital posted a similar message from a
“tired broken-hearted vet” on its Facebook page.
“They search every face in the room for their loved person. They don’t understand why you left them when they are sick, scared, old or dying from cancer and they need your comfort,”
reads the post from Hillcrest Veterinary Hospital, which also calls those who don’t stay with their pets cowards.
There were some negative reactions to this post, which uses stronger language, but most of the responses were positive and from pet owners who agreed that staying with your pet as he or she passed is important.
Similar to the earlier tweet, this post quickly spread across the Internet with 89,000 shares and 14,000 likes.
Regardless of where you stand on the subject, this is a great moment to stop what you are doing and give your pet a hug.