Death by Euthanasia
Some animal companions die by euthanasia, which is often incorrectly described as being “put to sleep.” A veterinarian may suggest this procedure because it helps the animal die painlessly. This is usually suggested if an animal is extremely sick or injured with little or no hope of getting better. The vet uses an injection of drugs that makes the animal unconscious and then stops their heart and breathing, causing a peaceful death.
Some animal companions are euthanized because they are a danger to other animals and people. Deciding to help your animal companion die peacefully with euthanasia is difficult even if the vet says it is the best thing to do.
Trusted family, friends, advocates, and your veterinarian can help you make the best decision and provide support. However, you should never feel pressured about using euthanasia to help your animal companion die unless it is an emergency.
You can choose whether to stay with your animal companion while it is euthanized. Some people do this to say goodbye and provide comfort to the animal. Communicate your wishes to the vet if you would like to be with your animal companion. Making the decision to be with your animal companion during euthanasia is a personal decision and is not right for everyone.