Saying Goodbye Is Hard For Us, But What About For Our Pets?

Roxie was one of her owner’s joys in life. She was there for every momentous event and milestone of the family. On her last day, she rode in her owner’s lap on their way to the vet while playing Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “10,000 miles” along the way. Ironically, Roxie was deaf, but for some reason, it proved to have a calming effect on the dog. At the vet, her owner sang The Fox and the Hound’s ”Goodbye May Seem Forever” while she being put to sleep.


If Only We Could Be Together Longer

We all wish that our pets would be there for life, but truthfully, their time on earth is quicker than half of ours. Dogs, on average, live for 10-13 years, while cats last for up to 20 years.

Older animals are more prone to diseases such as arthritis and cancer. Sadly, some are unable to beat their illnesses – leaving them with a few months or weeks left. Situations like these make owners consider euthanasia rather than prolonging their pets’ suffering.


The Painful Decision

Considering euthanasia is the most painful decision of all. No matter how we try to convince ourselves that we’re doing it out love, and we are, we still feel guilt deep in our hearts. It’s still killing regardless of the word mercy preceding it.

But vets have revealed that it’s not putting our pets down that’s the worst, but our decision not to see them as they go. If you’re going to regret one bad decision in your life, it’s leaving your pet to die without them even seeing the only other person who really mattered to them – YOU.



Surprisingly, a lot of pet owners still opt to have their pets put down alone. It might be understandable as it can really be devastating to see your furry friend die in front of your eyes.

But that doesn’t always make it the best decision. You may still have your chance to grieve and move on, but your pet loses their chance to see you one last time – forever. You miss out on seeing them that one last time too.


The Heartbreaking Post

The Hillcrest Veterinary Hospital has shared a post written by a vet:

“Do not make them transition from life to death in a room full of strangers, in a place they don’t like. The thing people need to know that most of you don’t is that they search for you when you leave them behind.”

Jessi Dietrich, a pet owner from Knoxville, Tennessee said that she asked a vet what’s the hardest part of the job and got a similar response. The vet added that 90% of pet owners requesting euthanasia don’t want to witness the process – leaving their pets dying, with the vet and the clinic being the last things they see as they desperately seek out their owners before they close their eyes.


Coping with Grief

The American Veterinary Medical Association released guidelines for pet euthanasia process, and you can learn a lot from them.

The guidelines highlighted that grieving for a pet, while understandable, may not be fully respected by other people. No matter how family members and friends mean well, they may not realize how it impacts you as a pet parent.

Since we treat our pets like family members, it’s understandable how hard it feels to accept the loss, especially when you were the one making the decision for it to happen. It’s a double-edged sword – grief and guilt combined.


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