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Vets reveal heartbreaking reality of putting pets down
September 12, 2018
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I had to put my Doberman down 8 years ago , he was my shadow , 6 months later I was still calling his name as I walked in the door , I was out 1 evening just walking to the back of my 5 acres and I seen my Red Cloud standing not 50 feet from me , I call him . He stood there looking at me , I started walking towards him and he would back up like he was telling me I could not come closer, and in an instant he was gone. I knew he was dead , was he there or not, I want to think he was saying his final good bye to me , his memories will be with me for ever .
I had my one and only dog euthanized in 1978. The vet told me it was not good to be there while it happened, but I insisted because I loved my dog so much. I held him until the end, and shed some tears afterward. But I'm glad I was there.
I still love and miss all my friends even though my last friend left me nearly forty years ago and the pain and tears are still there and as fresh now as they were then.
I hope they are out there somewhere waiting for me,and know my love will never end.........xxxxxxx
I had never thought about the pets fear being left alone , but it makes total sense. I actually have had to arrange to put many pets to sleep but always on vets advice for their own well-being due to pain or injury and have always tried to be present , but it is very hard to accept.
I should NOT have read this!!! I am a FIRST time dog owner. My husband (boyfriend at the time) got a weimarainer 3 months into dating. Never having a pet or dog I had no idea what to expect. In fact, I would get annoyed when the dog was all he talked about. The first year I lived about 2 hours away from him so I saw the pup every other weekend. When we moved in together in year 2, we had issues. She did NOT like me coming in and taking her space. If I sat on the couch next to my boyfriend she would get up and literally squeeze her way in between us. At night my boyfriend would sleep in the middle with her on one side and me on the other. If it was cold and I went to the bathroom in the middle of the night and ran to jump back in the bed under the warm covers she would scare me and lunge (never ever did she bite or nip). Honestly, we were jealous of eachother. Then, I lost my job and THe pup and I were together 24/7 for 6 months. This required me to walk her, let her out, play and feed her, ect. One day my husband came home and me and her were snuggled up together on the couch sharing a blanket. Another time we were walking and a man came running by and she totally protected me and not him. Well, 14.5 years later, I could never ever imagine my life without her. I just love her SO MUCH! My husband and I cannot have kids so I think all of my motherly love is projected on to her. Anyhow, she is an old pup. I like to think since she is loved so much we have another 10 years with her. Unfortunately, everyone keeps telling me to prepare and I cannot fathom having to say goodbye. This will be the hardest thing I have faced in my adult life and just thinking about what is coming makes me bawl. People keep saying, I will eventually get another dog, but there is no way. She can never be replaced and no other dog will compare.
My husband and I have always been with our dogs at the end. We hold them and talk to them and while they are listening to us the vet quietly and quickly injects them and they gently fall asleep and fade away .. I could not imagine not being with them at the end .. its hard - very very hard but that is love
The greatest act of kindness I gave to our 10 year old "boxer" best mate (he was a very big mate and very playful puppy to very many ) was to ask the vet at 6.20 am on a Sunday morning to apply euthanasia. He had had a difficult week culminating in me carrying him out to do his business (not good). Came downstairs to him a 4am Sunday morning (crying as he could not get up) so called the vet. She was absolutely brilliant. Rested him on my knee as he had the prelim injection (he fell asleep and snored), then the go-away injection, it was perfect. Absolute delight to hold him (12 years ago) to the end. Forever with us in our back garden.
I was with my beautiful Labrador retriever 4weeks ago when we had her put to sleep it was heart breaking.we were there till she was gone it was awful but we could not leave her with strangers she wagged her tail to the end as she knew we were there .
I have had to say goodbye to many pets over the past 40 plus years both dogs and cats and my vet always comes to the house so my best friends do not get stressed and I hold them so that they know I am with them till the end.
I held my darling Sally in my arms when it was her time. We looked each other in the eye whilst the vet administered the final injection, and, although she was in great pain, she managed a small doggy smile. She´s at peace now, in the garden, wrapped in her blanket. It´s been over 4 years since she crossed the Rainbow Bridge, and I miss her every day.
I have had to put down two of my dogs and I stayed in the room the whole time holding them, they just looked up at me and it broke my heart that I could not do anything. The whole time I was crying but held onto them and just stroked their heads. It was one of the hardest things I have had to do. I know I was doing the right thing for them, but it is never easy to lose a part of your family.
I have been with 4 of my dogs when they took their last breath. I wasn't easy, but being there stroking them and gently kissing them when they took their last breath I feel was comforting to them because they were not alone and scared. Afterwards I cried like a baby the way I am crying now just writing this. Some people can do it and some can't. That sure does not make them a bad pet owner.