Euthanizing an animal is never easy.
If you have ever been in the position to make such a decision, you know just what I mean. When someone you know if being faced with this decision, there are ways to make it easier. Here are my top three suggestions on how to help:
Do not undermine their decision.
If someone is talking about making that decision, please do not undermine them. Do not try to offer a million things they could try. They have already lost sleep over this. They have already talked to their vet about it. They most likely have even talked to more vets about it. They have google searched and Facebook grouped. They need support, not doubt.
Tell them they are brave.
This decision is hard. It’s painful and draining. They need to hear that they can trust their decision. That they are being very brave. That they know what’s best for their pet. Offer support and kindness.
Thank them for putting the animal’s needs ahead of their own emotions.
Making the decision to end an animal’s life to stop and or prevent suffering takes a strong individual. Being able to set their own emotions aside to put the animal’s best interest first is not something that everyone can do. Thank them for putting the needs of the animal first.
If you ever find yourself faced with making this decision, I wish you strength, peace, and support. <3
The Rainbow Bridge
“Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….” Author unknown.