23/8/2018 – Germiston Vet
Bidding farewell to your best friend is one of the hardest things you could do. Any pet owner would know that.
It really is difficult.
Sometimes it’s so difficult that we put it off for too long.
If you know that your pets time is near, this is an article to help you when you are facing this dilemma so unnecessary suffering can be avoided for both you and your dear friend.
They are our family
Any pet owner who has had a pet in their homes view these beloved animals as one of their own. Whether it be a parrot, cat, dog, snake, rat or any other creature. Together we share plenty of fun, memorable memories with them. They make us laugh, cry, angry and love them from the tip of their nose down to their tails. Taking on a personality of their own that comes in overflowing packages of love, faithfulness, comfort and joy. They are like little kids, cute, fun and always full of surprises. Some try and keep them close wherever they go and even get them a full-on wardrobe.
If you’ve had a pet you would understand how important they are. Its also been proven they contribute to our health! Since we spend so much time with them we can start seeing the signs of a change in their behaviour. Not eating, sickness and ageing and this affects us so much.
The BIG question
We eventually start to be aware of our babies slowing down or even suffering. We might even deny this. This is where we start living in fear and because of this our pets suffer far too long. The saddest thing to see is when you know a pet is suffering but it’s helpless towards the owner’s denial. However, it’s very difficult to know when it’s your pet’s time. Trying to figure out when they have suffered too much and need to be put to sleep is a very delicate situation. Many pets also are in so much pain but don’t show it which makes the decision much more difficult for both you and your beloved animal.
So when is the right time?
The lucky ones
Some of us are lucky enough to not have to make the decision for ourselves. Even though it’s none the less painful our pets take this choice into their own hands.
This happened to one person:
“My husband and I had a beautiful female German Shepherd that came into our home as a wee puppy.
She crawled into our hearts that first day, and never left them.
Years later we took her on a camping trip to South Dakota where she somehow swallowed a type of grass that is very stiff. It pierced her lungs, and she began to have trouble breathing.
For three days we nursed her, even renting oxygen tanks to help her breathe. We knew we were going to have to take her to the vet in Rapid City and put her to sleep, but the thought of doing so was unbearable.
She knew it.
As was her way, she put her nose on the screen door to tell us she wanted to go outside. This came immediately after my husband held her in his arms and tearfully begged her to tell him when would be the right time to take her.
I opened the door and followed her out.
She walked around to the other side of our RV into a lovely meadow of summer flowers there. Without even a whimper, she sat down, then laid down on her side and died.
Her dear old heart simply gave out, and when it went, it took ours with it.”
I’m sure they knew it but their beautiful baby saved them the extra heartache of deciding, thus giving them a great gift.
Not everyone is so fortunate though.
When the day starts dawning upon you
We know our pet’s behaviours and can see an instant change. However, we don’t always know what it is that’s wrong with them. Our vets are there to help us try and figure out and give the proper medication for them to get better again. They also know when our pets are in too much pain and suffering from their injuries.
Our advice is to take your beloved animal to your vet and let them help you make the decision. They will always tell you if your pet is suffering and if there are any chances of them getting healthy again. Medication and operations might be an option and only they could guide you through this. This can however just put off the undeniable end.
Don’t let your little friend suffer. They trust that you would do the best for them no matter what you feel.
Bidding goodbye to an old friend
When the D-day finally comes around all you could do is keep talking and touching them. You would them to see your face as the last thing they see and your voice the last thing they hear when they depart this world. Make them comfortable and make sure they know that you love them no matter what. Saying your last farewell is never easy and we may still weep to this day. Remember all the memories they gifted us when they were still being their silly selves.
Have them cremated so they could have a proper send-off because they deserve it. They’ve served and loved us more than anybody ever could.
Don’t let them suffer longer as they don’t deserve that.
Do the right thing.
Germiston Vet and Sunnyridge Vet provide owners with a peaceful and right way to depart with our old friends. Bring them in for examination and we will help you make the dreaded decision easier and help you through the heartache. We also provide you with cremation services so your friend can depart the right way they deserve.
Call: 011 902 3507 (Germiston) or 011 828-4751 (Sunnyridge) for any enquiries.