Is It Bad to Let My Pet Pass Away Naturally?
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