When it comes time to put down your favorite animal, will you be there standing by his or her side, or will you leave the room?
Saying goodbye to your favorite furry friend is one of the hardest parts of animal ownership – yet, it’s something none of us will escape. While you are putting them out of their misery, you are entering your own world of misery – one without all of the licks, cuddles and love you’ve grown accustomed to enjoying.
Some of us start dreading the moment we will have to put our pets down while they are still young. Other people choose not to think about it until the time edges near.
Pet lover Jessi Dietrich’s cat may only be 2.5 years old, but she’s been thinking about the reality of losing him since he was just one year old, when he nearly died from a UTI blockage and required emergency surgery.
This is what prompted Jessi, who lives in Jacksonville, Illinois, to talk to her vet about putting pets down. She asked him about the hardest part of performing human euthanasia, and his response broke her heart before going on to break the Internet.
She decided to share what he said on Twitter and the tweet went viral, gaining over 140,000 likes and over 42,000 retweets. Get ready to bust out the tissues.
Pixabay (not Jessi’s actual cat)
Jessi opened up to Bored Panda in an interview: “I just have one pet of my own. His name is Rick, he’s a black and white cat and is about 2 and a half years old. Though he only weighs about 5 pounds, he has the biggest personality to make up for what he may lack in size.”
“I took him to the vet because about a year and a half ago he nearly died from a UTI blockage. My vet had to perform an emergency surgery which one of the risks of which was an increased risk for infection for the rest of his life if the surgery was successful.”
“The surgery went wonderfully but since then he gets at least one or two infections a month (the vet said he is not in pain from them). So we’re regulars at our current vet to treat these chronic infections in short.”
Rick’s health issues force Jessi to think about losing her beloved kitty-cat more often than most. This is what prompted her to ask her vet about what it’s like to put an animal down.
Below is the heartbreaking truth that every pet owner should hear…
Sadly, her vet shared, around 90 percent of pet owners choose not to be in the room when they put their animal down. For him, that’s the hardest part because the animal is searching for their owner in their final moments.
The next day, Jessi tweeted…
Most people whole-heartedly agreed with Jessi
But some people took a different position on the matter…
I have stayed with all of my animals while they were put down – from our beloved family dogs to the horse I had since I was a little girl.
It’s never easy. My heart breaks and I cry like a baby every single time, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I can’t even imagine leaving them alone in their final moments after all of the love they have given me throughout the years.
That being said, I have near and dear friends who have decided not to be in the room at the time that their animal was put down because they didn’t think they could emotionally handle it, or they didn’t want to upset their pet by crying too much in their final moments.
It’s a very personal decision. Yet, perhaps hearing what this vet had to say might make people think twice about leaving the room before their pet’s spirit is set free.
“Lastly,” Jessi adds, “I’d just like to say that while some pets may only be in our lives for a short period of time, we often are in their lives for a large percentage of theirs. They are with us during our highs and lows, always excited to see us when we’ve gotten home. Please consider this when the time comes for you to put an animal down.”
Hillcrest Veterinary Hospital shared a post written by a vet, encouraging people to stay with their pets in those final moments, no matter how hard it may be for you.
h/t: Bored Panda