Animal euthanasia (from the Greek meaning “good death”) is the act of putting an animal to death, painlessly and as distress free as possible. In most cases this is by medical means.
When we take on the roll of being a pet owner, we also take on the responsibility for care and control of the pet’s life, and in many cases it’s death. As harsh and as hard as it may be, in some cases our pets deserve euthanasia. Yes, it’s not natural. No, the pet didn’t ask for it’s life to end, but neither did the pet ask to suffer and die from malnutrition or rot from the inside out. There is a time to take the responsibility to act in the best interest of our animal companions. If and when the time comes to you, remember, there are many who have faced the same decision your now have to make. Non of us envy you, but we do understand when the decision must be made when it is made for the right reasons. Every rose has a thorn.
I too was one of those decision makers. It was the hardest thing to do. My dog had been by my side for every walk for close to 10 years. She became tumorous and sick. She lost balance and muscle control until she could barely stand. Her moans and yelps of pain where too much to bear. The last thing she knew was my loving hand stroking her big soft head. I miss her so much. She is buried here on our property. I wasn’t sure if I could ever walk without her beside me. As the old saying goes “time heals wounds” but there is a constant want to have her by my side again. I don’t think that want will ever go away.
There are good resources for people who have to “make the decision”. Don’t hold back on getting counselling. No one is so tough, that it doesn’t effect them. I have seen the biggest toughest biker dude break down in tears when I gave him back the cremains of his dog.
If you find yourself unable to deal with the stresses of making the decision, then trust your veterinarian. Consider that they became veterinarians because of a love for, and a compassion to help all animals.
Animals can’t speak for themselves so we put our selves in a position to speak for them. If they could speak I wonder if they would say “I’d do it for you”. It is probably true that in the same situation we would appreciate a merciful end.
No one can know the love of a pet, who has never loved a pet. There is no more of a selfless act of love than to end undue pain and suffering with an order given that will hurt you more than it hurts your animal companion.
At the end of the day, you are the one that makes the call between suffering and mercy. Bless you, either way.
If you need a veterinary service provider, here are a few contacts we feel very confident to recommend.
For at home and in clinic procedures in Spruce Grove and area, call 780-571-3200. Dr. Rob & Dr.Vanessa Kyle own and operates “Tri-Municipal Veterinary Clinic” based in Spruce Grove. They provide clinic and mobile at home services for all sizes of animals.
For in clinic procedures in the north east Edmonton and area, contact the “Spay Neuter Clinic” at 780-756-6062 or Sunrise Animal Hospital at 780-377-1122. Dr. Toor and Dr. Channa and staff, provide full in clinic services for all pets.
Also in Spruce Grove is Parkland Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Marg Wood and staff have been serving the area residence for many years. Call 780-962-6300. Parkland can supply mobile at home service as well as clinic procedures.
Conveniently located just off the Anthony Henday at 6023-199st, is West Edmonton Spay Neuter Clinic. For hours of operation or to book an appointment call 780-489-3203. Dr Mioara Anton and her caring staff are ready to serve you.
Oxford Animal Hospital Is located at 15154 127st. Phone (780) 705-2131. Dr. Tamer and Dr. Wesam are highly regarded Veterinarians offering caring and compassionate service. They offer mobile at home service and as well as full clinic service.
South Animal Hospital is located at 3823 99 st. Phone (780) 989-5595. Dr. Ignacio “Nash” Tan and Dr. Boddington can supply care for your pets in a calm clinic environment located on the south side of Edmonton.