Loving a pet means being there at every possible minute, including the end of its life
Everyone who’s owned a pet knows what it’s like to feel true, unconditional love. Where people often fail at that, our dogs and cats (and even birds, reptiles, horses, whatever) don’t know how to do anything else. The least we can do to return the favor is be there for them at the end of their lives, but a viral post from a veterinarian makes it sound like a lot of people don’t actually do that.
In the post, which has gone viral on Facebook and Tumblr, a vet explains that too often, owners leave the room when their pets are put to sleep.
“I beg of you DO NOT LEAVE THEM,” the post reads. “Do not make them transition from life to death in a room full of strangers in a place they don’t like. The thing you people need to know that most of you don’t is that THEY SEARCH FOR YOU WHEN YOU LEAVE THEM BEHIND!”
My God, can you imagine? I’m sorry, but if the thought of your beloved pet’s little face scanning a room full of scary, unfamiliar people, trying to find you, the human it loves, in the literal last moments before its death doesn’t move you to tears, you have no business owning an animal in the first place.
And in case you don’t believe this is an actual thing, there’s a viral tweet that backs it up.
Asked my vet what the hardest part was about his job &he said when he has to put an animal down 90% of owners don't actually want to be in the room when he injects them so the animal's last moments are usually them frantically looking around for their owners &tbh that broke me
— jessi dietrich (@jessi_dietrich) July 27, 2018
90 percent. Apparently that many owners choose not to be with their pets when they take their final breaths. That is heartbreaking.
Holding my dog when she was put down amid her battle with cancer was undeniably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. But after she was injected, she crawled into my lap like she had done countless times before, and I knew she wasn’t afraid. To her, she was curling up with me for a nap, just like she would do on any other day. And when her eyes closed and she drifted away, I knew she was at peace, being held by her human.
This has obviously resonated with far more people than just me, though.
he screamed when everyone else touched him so i made sure he was happy and i held my boy and he was purring cause i did😭 pic.twitter.com/JPtMs7hDUt— Kinsey (@kinsey_brod) July 28, 2018
dude you just shattered my heart into a 1000 little pieces. when my pupper passed he was napping on the floor right beside the couch where I was napping bc he wanted to be close to me.— kate halligan (@hallikat_007) July 27, 2018
All 3 boys, my wife and I sat with our boy Luke in our living room. Toughest day. Hope he's watching over us. pic.twitter.com/cU1ES477gG— sean ritter (@spoondiggitty) July 28, 2018
my family and i had to put my buddy down in may. i went along when it was time for him to go, and although it was heartbreaking and devastating, i am glad i was there to love on him. pets are like family and deserve peace and comfort in their final moments ❤️ pic.twitter.com/NA57R1j8vW— mads (@maddie_613) July 29, 2018
This is so sad. Like damn I’m just scrolling next you know I’m out here crying holding my dog— Decø (@ffsGriffs) July 29, 2018
Don’t deny your animals the chance to feel as safe and loved in their last moments as they have their entire lives. They give us all their love. They deserve this.
And now, to stop the absolute flood of tears, here are some animal GIFs you can peruse while you hug the crap out of all your pets. You’re welcome.