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Is It Bad to Let My Pet Pass Away Naturally?

June 30, 2013

Tis is the third part of a three part series to help you decide the right way for you to say goodbye to your elderly or infirm pet. Doc Truli never intends for you to just ket your pet pass away because you did not seek local, trusted veterinary advice.

5 3 Pros of Letting Your Pet Pass Away Naturally

1) If there are no house calls available in your area and you cannot get your pet to the hospital (too large, for example) then this is a good option for you. Call your vet and be sure your pet is not in pain.

2) Very private.

3) No responsibility to “sign on the dotted line.” Many people feel guilty in American culture making the decision to euthanize another living creature. Doc Truli’s clients express a religious or cultural belief that they are not worthy of making the decision of when to euthanize a pet. They want the pet to “decide” by dying at home, preferably peacefully in their sleep.

4) Readers will have to come up with more. The more I write about it, the more I cannot justify NOT having your vet at least come out and give the shot and make sure everything goes smoothly.

5 Cons of Letting Your Pet Pass Away Naturally

1) Pain, fear, anxiety

2) You will not know when it will happen. Your vet cannot predict hours, days, weeks….

3) Heart attack and seizure are often involved

4) Will you know when they are dead? Are you sure?

5) What will the kids think? What if they find your pet dead? (Doc Truli did this as a kid. That was weird.)

If you decide to not euthanize your pet, your trusted veterinarian is still a good source of advice. Your pet may need anti-anxiety meds, pain medication, or protection from injury and pain in the end. Please consult with your vet about the likely course of action. Your veterinarian may be able to advise you about how the end will come, if not when.

If you need more guidance after your vet consult, please see VirtuaVet’s Guide to Quality of Life


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jake permalink
    December 30, 2013 5:29 am

    My wife and I had 2 dogs several years ago. They both went through a lot with us in terms of having a difficult life. Lack of money and the 4 of us being homeless together gave us (parents & dogs) all a deeper understanding of each other. So when our youngest dog (age 9 Wolf/Shepherd mix) came down with cancer, we were able to know which day he was going to pass away by watching our eldest dog’s behavior as well as our sick baby’s behavior. It was very strange to be so in tune with these 2 babies. The day he passed away, he finally ate. Even though it wasn’t much, he still ate. This may seem like an odd thing. To recognize this as meaning he was going to die that day instead of feeling better wasn’t the only behavior we paid attention to. Our eldest dog (14 year old Black Lab) also “told us”. Her behavior became anxious and she seemed desperate to be anywhere but here. So I took her outside with the feeling in my gut that our youngest would die any moment now. He was gone exactly 7 minutes and 28 seconds after I took our eldest dog outside. Our eldest dog would soon follow him 6 months later. At that time we didn’t have another pet to give us “clues” as to when she was going to pass yet she was still able to “tell” us the day and time that she would be joining her brother. She woke up one day and wouldn’t come outside with me to go potty. There went my gut feeling again. She “smiled” up at me, pooped right where she laid. I told her “good girl” because she was alway so well behaved even though she just pooped in the house. We knew right then that it wouldn’t be long. So I went outside while my wife stayed inside with her. This was because she was a daddy’s and my wife didn’t want me to have nightmares. With our youngest, I went outside with our eldest to shield her from watching her brother die. This time my wife sent me outside to shield me. Exactly 7 minutes and 18 seconds after I stepped outside, she was gone. We didn’t even know she was sick. She was always so upbeat and smiling. She ate and drank as usual. Although she was 14 years old, we often wonder if she died of a broken heart due to her brother’s passing just 6 months earlier. She probably died of old age but still, we wonder. We weren’t homeless anymore at the time of each dog’s passing but we were still VERY poor. We couldn’t afford to euthanize our youngest and, like I said before, we didn’t even know our eldest was sick. So they both died at home. We asked for financial help from friends, family, agencies and the veterinarian’s office. We really did everything we could for our dogs even if that meant we, ourselves, couldn’t eat. They were a part of our family and since we couldn’t have children, they became our kids. They always had food and toys and played in the park even when we were homeless. My Veteran Disability benefits finally came in but it just wasn’t enough. At $6 hundred dollars (US) a month in VA benefits, we just couldn’t afford the cost of euthanasia. I feel guilty every day for that. I came home from the military with nothing and so we ended up homeless but still managed to rescue our eldest from the pound at 8 weeks old and rescued our youngest after he was dumped from a car at about 6 weeks old onto a highway. I don’t know if our story will help anyone but I just wanted to say that our pets “know” when it’s time to go and they “tell” us. Whether it be by gut feeling or behavior, if you’re in tune with your pets, you’ll feel and/or see what they’re saying. Guilt will most likely be there whether a person euthanizes their pet or not. I’m just grateful that the 4 of us grew so close. We made one heck of a pack. Thanks for listening.

  2. Dom permalink
    June 30, 2013 5:22 pm

    It is so rare that a pet’s natural passing is peaceful. As far as I’m concerned, there’s no reason to prolong suffering if the end is inevitable.

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