Vet tech pleads owners to stay with their pets when they're being put to sleep

ginger haired woman hugging white dog in vet clinic dog-cat-sad © Shannon Y - Shutterstock

Losing a beloved pet is one of the hardest things that can ever happen to us. But the least we can do is support our friends until the very end.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the , Updated on the

A staff member from a vet clinic took to reddit to vent about her experience. She wrote: "I’m sick of people dropping their dogs off to be euthanised."

Owner leaves her dog to cross the rainbow bridge alone

She went on to explain that a woman had dropped off her 13-year-old dog at the clinic that very day, at 9am, despite knowing the vet wouldn’t be in until after 6pm. The dog needed to be put to sleep but the woman was simply too busy to drop her off later in the day. So the dog spent the day with the staff member and crossed the rainbow bridge in her arms, but never stopped looking for her owner.

"It might be hard to say goodbye but it’s hell for them. They already don’t like the vet, they’re confused, they’re scared, they’re sad and they’re looking for YOU when they take their last breath. Dogs know what’s happening, don’t do this to them. Be there when they cross that bridge. It won’t kill you, I promise," continued the staff member.

A very familiar experience 

The post quickly went viral, with hundreds of people commenting their tragic stories. Many agreed that staying with our pets as they pass away is so very important. One dog owner wrote: "While it is one of the hardest things we ever have to do, it's our last gift of love to them, after a lifetime of devotion."

Another user reminded that the same rule applies to other pets: "Don't do it to your cats either guys. For the same reason."

How does euthanasia work?

If your pet is very nervous about the vet’s, and you have a good relationship with your vet, you can also ask them to do a home visit. That way your dog/cat is in their comfort zone when the time comes.

The whole exchange has made us cry more than we were ready to today. But it’s important to remind people that pets are forever - and that means until the very end too. That’s when they need us most.

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