Vet Explains Why Pet Owners Should Be There To Put Their Pet To Sleep

A Vet Explains Why It’s SO Important To Be There With Your Pet When You Put Them Down

September 12, 2018 Updated February 15, 2019

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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.

This was written by a vet and is so true.

Posted by Hillcrest Veterinary Hospital & 24hr Emergency Service on Sunday, August 12, 2018

“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.