Vets say that dogs do these during their final moments, and it is heartbreaking…

Losing a pet can be incredibly distressing. Something so challenging to control Some pet owners may find the experience to be so upsetting and terrible that they are unable to stay by their animals' sides until the very end. Yet the vets say they most definitely ought to be. In response to the circumstance, Jessi Dietrich sent a tweet that instantly went viral.

When asked what the worst aspect of his work was, her veterinarian answered that 90% of owners didn't want to be in the room when he gave an animal an injection to put it to sleep. When I realized that most animals spend their last minutes desperately looking for their owners, it broke my heart.

In South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province, the Hillcrest Veterinary Hospital sent the same response to Jessi Dietrich's tweet. Even though it could be challenging, the veterinary clinic recommended pet owners to care for their animals until the very end.

Despite the certainly unpleasant circumstances, the clinic's "weary broken-hearted vet" begged families who brought their animals in for a comfortable, pain-free conclusion to not forsake them.

I suggest you stay with them. Don't have them join the afterlife in a foreign chamber at a location they loathe. According to the clinic's assessment, the majority of you are unaware that they look for you when you leave them behind. Simply simply, they are trying to find their loved one among all of the people present. When they are sick, scared, or old and in need of your comfort, [pets] don't understand why you abandoned them. If you feel like it will be too difficult for you, don't give up.

Melbourne veterinarian Dr. Lauren Bugeja believes that euthanizing old pets in their homes can be a very challenging affair. She argues that whereas people occasionally become too upset to stay in the room, animals normally feel at rest and peaceful during this period.

Dr. Bugeja adds that in order to prevent the animals from feeling fear or distress in their final moments, she always takes the time to talk to and console them with her nurse.

Dr. Bugeja made the observation that a pet is more likely to fear if left alone in an unfamiliar setting, such as a vet office or consultation room, because they are unsure of their location. Hence, if you decide to do it at a clinic, I would suggest staying in the room with your pet.

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  • Anonymous March 22, 2023 at 12:32 AM

    I have never left an animal alone to be euthanised - unless it was done in the course of having surgery. They know something lousy is happening and it is up to us to tell them it is ok. Too bad if we cry, our nose runs and we can't breathe. It is the very LEAST we are due them - for all the love and fun they have given us. I also try my best to let them transition at home on a couch instead of at the clinic.

    • Anonymous March 22, 2023 at 11:31 AM

      I agree ... these lovely animals gave us unlimited love and it's the least we can do for them. Our pets have always had us with them, kids and all, when they pass. And there are times I felt I couldn't breathe but leaving them was never an option.

      • Anonymous March 23, 2023 at 3:43 AM

        Never Ever leave your furbabys alone before they pass away.Be with him/her til the end. They have loved you unconditionally all these years ,and they've been by yourside always,so please please don't make them feel you have abandoned them at the last minute before they close there eyes for the last time. They want to see YOU before they pass away. When I die ,I want all my loved ones close to me... Please show them you LOVE THEM TIL THE END..🙏♥️🙏😭

        • Anonymous April 27, 2023 at 2:13 AM

          They need and know you are there, l always have my pets out to sleep a home.
          It is the last thing l can do for them, my voice, my hands,, my love.❤❤❤

          • Anonymous August 23, 2023 at 7:42 AM

            Totally agree ..know its not a pleading thing...but you should love and be with your furbaby till they pass away...we had to have our have our first dog put to sleep during surgery..but our second one was in our arms when she was put to sleep..have no regrets about holder her ..she passed very Quickly...

          • Anonymous March 22, 2023 at 1:46 AM

            Our whole family has always been around our precious pet Angels. Sad but only way

            • Anonymous March 22, 2023 at 3:38 AM

              We have been close by their side with every one of them until the Vet said they were gone. And always will stay by their side until the Vet says they are gone.😢

              • Anonymous March 22, 2023 at 7:24 AM

                It's one of the hardest things to go through but I would never let them go through it without me holding them. I try to focus on their needs and not mine.

                • Anonymous March 22, 2023 at 8:22 AM

                  Both of us were with our cat at the end. She had cancer and we knew we had to end her suffering. I cried the whole time, couldnt speak to the vet but we stayed with her the whole time. She died in my husbands arms.

                  • Anonymous March 22, 2023 at 8:56 AM

                    Why wouldn't you want to be there with them, as hard as it is? After all, they've been there for you. It's the least we can do for them

                    • Anonymous March 22, 2023 at 10:31 AM

                      I will never forget putting our sweet Westie down. We were with her till the end. As she was going down, she was licking my hand (giving me kisses). Such a sweet, sweet loving dog. It's been 2 1/2 years and I still miss this precious dog.

                      • Anonymous March 22, 2023 at 1:09 PM

                        I would of been devastated if I couldn’t of been there for my little dog at the end of his life. He knew to the bitter end that I love him dearly, just the way that he had loved me. It was a heartbreaking decision to give the vet the permission to euthanise my best friend, but I was there 100% for him. It’s 27 years on since he passed away and I took him home and buried him in my back garden. He’s still very sadly missed.

                        • Anonymous March 22, 2023 at 2:03 PM

                          I have never left any of my animals alone! How cruel is that when.they have loved you unconditionally for years? I lost my chihuahua.on 6/11/20. at 14.5 yrs. My vets office was more like family..they did everything they could to treat him like their own. I couldn’t take him there when I knew it was time to let him go. I had “ Lap of Love” come to my home. The vet was caring and understood my tears. She explained everything that she was doing, I held my Cisco in my arms the entire time.He was euthanized and I held him until she got her baby basket, she put his blanket in the basket and took him from me. Laying in the basket she allowed his head to show. He was just sleeping. I have a paw print and many beautiful pamphlets and his ashes are in my living room with his picture. I got a beautiful card from my vet with all their signatures. I never told them he was gone. They just knew. I returned with my new chihuahua and they all cried.

                          • Anonymous March 22, 2023 at 5:47 PM

                            I have had two, that had to be put to sleep, I held both of them to the end, it was devastating for me, I. Fact my own oictor put me in the hospitial after it was over.

                            • Anonymous March 23, 2023 at 2:00 AM

                              I had two dogs put to sleep both have been in my arms,I talk to them and told them I love them both of them have reach good ages I could never leave then and never will

                              • Anonymous March 23, 2023 at 2:34 AM

                                Our gorgeous boy of 14 years was put to sleep nearly 4 months ago. Myself, my children ( 14,17 and 21) were all present as were our other three dogs. As heartbreaking as it was to say goodbye to him there was no way we would have left him by himself at such a time.

                                • Anonymous March 23, 2023 at 3:44 AM

                                  Have asked to be with my pets but have ALWAYS been told not allowed.

                                  • Anonymous March 23, 2023 at 4:23 AM

                                    I put tu sleep my dog of 18 years, I cry like a baby , the personel of the vet place were awsome it jus was a very bad moment for me, rip Zeus

                                    • Anonymous March 23, 2023 at 4:32 AM

                                      My frenchie was at the end of her life. I stayed right there with her. We were nose to nose and before she left she licked my nose as if she was saying it's OK. Still makes me sad to this day.

                                      • Anonymous March 24, 2023 at 8:01 AM

                                        This is what I have done with all my pets .I havekept them for an hour or two and loved and talked to them ,before the vet comes and takes them away.It is heartbreaking but at that time our feelings are for our beloved animals not for ourselves ,we can break down when they have gone .I then have them or their ashes in the garden in a peaceful corner that I can go to now and again .I know why we keep on doing this to ourselves ,because animals are wonderful and give us unconditional love .We humans can learn so much from animals can't we ?.

                                        • Anonymous April 8, 2023 at 6:01 PM

                                          When I went to the rescue to adopt my new baby, I had made a promise that when his time was near to be put to sleep, I hate that other word, that I would be there by his side till his last breath . Well I kept whispering in his ear, I’m here baby, like I promised, I’m going to stay as long as you want me to & I was 1/2 hr with him in my arms.
                                          It’s been 11 yrs & to me it feels like it was yesterday 🥲🥲

                                          • Anonymous April 11, 2023 at 6:35 AM

                                            3 weeks ago Monday we had to put ours to sleep and it was very unexpected. But as a family we all stayed to the very end. Heat braking for all of us. Max is well and truly missed.

                                            • Anonymous April 26, 2023 at 8:39 PM

                                              I have had to put 3 of my fur babies to sleep due to medical problems from old age and one with heart disease. As much as it hurt I never left them alone. I also had to put one of our younger dogs down because she started to kill our others dogs. Even then being upset with her. I didn’t leave her on her own when the vet had to help her to the other side.

                                              • Anonymous April 27, 2023 at 4:50 PM

                                                My Yorkie was 14 yrs old and losing control of her bladder and
                                                Stool, she had cataracts and had
                                                Problems moving around. It came time for her to be put down and crop the rainbow bridge. I held her in my arms and cried hugging her and she could feel my love as she went to sleep!

                                                • Anonymous April 27, 2023 at 5:18 PM

                                                  I had to put my beagle down two weeks ago. I held her the entire time we were at the clinic. She never left my side for any reason and nor would I leave hers. Was it hard? Of course it was. The difference is that I understood what had to happen and she didn't. Rest in peace Sami.

                                                  • Anonymous April 27, 2023 at 7:23 PM

                                                    Only once did I not go in to hold my pup while being euthanized. It was a younger chihuahua, only 9 mo old, but born with a fatal liver disease. I had driven many hours to get her to another state Neuro ER and the pup went into status. They could not get her out of the seizure. It was pure torture and she had a good bit of brain damage already. She was suffering... and I had to turn around and drive many hrs back home. I just wanted them to stop her suffering as fast as possible. All the others I was holding, talking to, kissing loving on them. I regretted it, but she was not aware of anything at that point

                                                    • Anonymous April 27, 2023 at 7:35 PM

                                                      I held mines in my arms until he took his last breath and i was so broken hearts i still miss him so much even though my son bought me a new fur babie and i love her but it does not take away the miss i have for my fur baby boy. so for those of you whom are going threw it im so very sorry and please stay with them until god takes them home. x0x0x0

                                                      • Anonymous April 27, 2023 at 7:51 PM

                                                        Well it was the hardest thing in my life I had to do.
                                                        I still get chocked up writing this.
                                                        It’s Very important to be your pet when it’s time for them to pass.
                                                        I held my baby Maxwell as my vet gave him the injection, and yes I cried like a baby, just like the tears running down my face now.
                                                        I wanted him to know how much I loved him, he was my Best Friend.
                                                        It was so hard for me, because he was my first dog, am I’m was 62 at the time.
                                                        He was only five years old, I adopted him and he was the joy of my life.
                                                        So if you Love your animals, stay with them till the end.
                                                        Hugs to all.

                                                        • Anonymous April 27, 2023 at 8:05 PM

                                                          I unfortunatly left one alone because I was so upset and I have never done that since as It was awful. I love my babies and will never leave them alone again.

                                                          • Anonymous April 27, 2023 at 9:11 PM

                                                            My Vet came to my home when it was time to say goodbye to my 17 year old Jack Russell. It was a beautiful day and we sat on our back deck gave him his sedative and I held him until he had his final needle and spoke to him until he took his final breath and for a little while after. It was so peacefull and he was so relaxed.💔

                                                            • Anonymous April 27, 2023 at 9:24 PM

                                                              It is very hard to be the with your pet(s) and your family when they are going to cross over the rainbow bridge. I had to do it with one my dogs. Yes I was in the room with him holding him in my arms and giving him some much love because I didn’t want him to leave me. I was just reading a poem titled your pets last will and testament. It stated when you have to put them down, they want you in there because they are unsure what is happening and they are more worried stressed and are looking for you. So if you have to put your pet down be there for them because they were their for during their life. Yes it is very very hard to deal with but that way you are there for their breath.

                                                              • Anonymous April 27, 2023 at 10:58 PM

                                                                I would never dream of and have never left my beautiful pet children in their last moments. They’ve always been in my arms where I want and need them to be until
                                                                Their last breath. Then I hold them and kiss them a bit after they are gone and transitioning. It is always devastating but I would not have it any other way. They are deserving if so much more. Pure unconditional love they give and that is what I want to give them
                                                                In return.

                                                                • Anonymous April 28, 2023 at 5:12 PM

                                                                  My fatty passed in my arms, nothing peaceful about his passing. The look in his eyes during his last 20 minutes was devastating almost like he was asking me to help him.all I could do was hold him tight, kiss him and talk to him. I called my sone and he flew home 10 minutes from work and when he walked in and started talking to our boy it was the craziest thing he looked directly into my son's eyes and followed his face as my kiddo got close to him to say goodbye. Our fatty looked for his sister fur baby and she kissed him he turned back to me and put his head into my neck. The convulsions, labor breathing, shakes, the heat it was horrible. I could never imagine him going through this alone. Being a caregiver and studying to be a nurse did not get me ready for this. Loosing my fur baby was harder than loosing family and that is crazy. Please always stay with your fur babies until they are gone. I held him for 8 hours after he passed and yes it was a dirty mess, but I wouldn't change a thing.

                                                                  • Anonymous August 23, 2023 at 12:18 PM

                                                                    That is crazy to put an animal before a human being? I’m a vegetarian because I don’t like cruelty to animals but you’ve taken it a step too far!

                                                                  • Anonymous April 29, 2023 at 9:40 AM

                                                                    I held my fur baby as he passed over the rainbow bridge. It was the 2nd hardest thing I have ever done. The first thing was watching my mother pass away.💔

                                                                    • Anonymous April 29, 2023 at 8:44 PM

                                                                      I have been with all of my cats and dogs except one where they wouldn’t let me. It has been a year since my Lab Power went to the Rainbow Bridge.

                                                                      • Anonymous April 30, 2023 at 7:12 AM

                                                                        My wife and I have had to put down 5 pets in our time and we held each one in our arms. We talked to them, telling each one that mom and dad love them over and over until they passed. So so sad but it is the right thing to do for any loved animal or person.

                                                                        • Anonymous April 30, 2023 at 8:22 AM

                                                                          I've lost so many animals but its hard being in room when they put them down 2 c ur pet getting euthanized is hard just cant bring myself 2 b in the same room way 2 hard

                                                                          • Anonymous May 21, 2023 at 7:14 AM

                                                                            Our Layla was on the operating table under anesthetic but the vet rang us and told us the lump could not be removed because it was joined to her aorta. We asked the vet not to euthanise her until we could get there...about 20 mins. away, we were there for her and we really hope she could feel us with her before she left. Honey, who was blind, had liver failure and because of Covid we couldn't hold her...the vet said to me to speak to her and she would know we were there. When the vet left, we were able to hold her. Our Toby was due to have his stitches out but his gums were white and he was weak..the vet took a blood sample and told us that the cancer had spread all over...I held his beautiful head in my hands and told him we were sorry and that we loved him and to shut his eyes and go to sleep, which he did....I am crying as I am typing this...I miss all of my babies...but at least I was there xx

                                                                            • Anonymous August 23, 2023 at 10:28 AM

                                                                              Hmane society won't allow u to be there

                                                                              • Anonymous August 23, 2023 at 3:40 PM

                                                                                We took our ĺoving boy too his long time vet, he was 16 and had cancer of the speed and was in pain and terrible arthritic pain and could no longer move, we stayed with shadow till the end and he new we were there , we were both crying, we loved him dearly but he was in too much pain for weeks, and the decision too put him down is still killing both of us 2 years later, the vet said nothing could be done, but we were there for him and it shut my husband down for about a year, it's not easy but he new we loved him, God bless you shadow and all your friends that passed with you.

                                                                                • Anonymous August 23, 2023 at 3:50 PM

                                                                                  I had one. Put to sleep 16':year ago and wrapped her in her blanket and cuddle her on the way to the funeral home to be cremated no regrets

                                                                                  • Anonymous August 23, 2023 at 6:01 PM

                                                                                    I have sadly, had to put many to broke my heart, but stayed with them to the very matter how difficult, I felt it was the final loving thing I could for them, that had given me so much love....always put yourself aside for is the least you can do....give them kisses, let them know how loved they are...........and how terribly you will miss them..........(crying as I write this)...

                                                                                    • Anonymous August 23, 2023 at 6:17 PM

                                                                                      I have been with every one of my dogs in their final moments. Holding them, kissing them and looking into their eyes and telling them how much they are loved . It is the LEAST I can do for all of the unconditional love they have given me. Yes it is hard, but I would feel like I abandoned them if I hadn't stayed.

                                                                                      • Anonymous August 23, 2023 at 6:32 PM

                                                                                        I have owned 12x dogs and many cats. All of them had come to their time, either sickness or age and I have always held them and turned into a blubering mess. I still well in tears and my heart trembles when I think of them all. Some I have buried and more up todate had them cremated and put in a box. They are all waiting for me when my time comes and then they are going to be buried with me. Their mummy. xx

                                                                                        • Anonymous August 23, 2023 at 7:21 PM

                                                                                          I just had to send my faithful pal over the rainbow. She was at my side for 15 years and I was at her side til her very last breath. She knew I was there and the last thing she felt was a kiss on the top of her head which was our thing. Never leave their side. They need your love in their last minutes.

                                                                                          • Anonymous August 24, 2023 at 11:09 AM

                                                                                            I had a vet charge extra if I wanted to be in room when euthanized. Never went back to him again

                                                                                            • Anonymous August 24, 2023 at 6:46 PM

                                                                                              I had two cats.they both died of cancer.One died in my arms,and the other one died together with my husband and I trying to console him...they both were loved,and they new we wouldn't leave them..😿

                                                                                              • Anonymous August 24, 2023 at 6:52 PM

                                                                                                When I was a senior in high school, I had to take our beloved family dog to the vet, knowing this was her final trip. I was so upset I couldn’t take her inside. The vet came to the car and took her. The friend that drove us there then drove away. I later found out that the vet paused at the door to his office with our dog Ginger. She watched as we drove away and then immediately layed down and died. 52 years later I am still haunted by her final moments I have since, with a calm face and soothing voice held my pets in their final moments as they passed. It actually has made it so much easier for both of us.

                                                                                                • Anonymous August 24, 2023 at 8:40 PM

                                                                                                  I have been there for all my baby’s except for two. One was in surgery and the other was post op and was doing bad and had not been able to come home. I couldn’t think of dropping them off and no be there, that would just be cruel and inhumane. My dogs are my babies the first time they step into my home, and just a four legged kid the same as my two legged kids.


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