While Iíve “done” a lot of euthanasia procedures, JP was my very first pet that I had to euthanize on my own. I fully admit that I was a mess Ö and I know that itíll take time to heal. But what I personally learned a lot from it was this:
- If you have the opportunity to, euthanize your pet at home. Itís comforting to your four-legged friend to not have to undergo a stressful car-ride or be subjected to a strange environment. While this isnít always feasible or possible, if you can make it happen, do so.
- Take the time to mourn. I took the whole weekend to spend every waking moment with JP before I euthanized him, spoiling him rotten in the process. I was fortunate enough to take time away from work afterwards too Ė I needed the mental health time to mourn my best friend.
- Ask your veterinarian for a high-fiber canned dog food for the last few weeks of your petís life. I was feeding JP so much filet mignon and table food, he ended up with severe diarrhea, which made him (and his butt) miserable for a few days. By mixing in the high-fiber canned food (or probiotic) for the last few weeks, JP was able to eat to his heartís (and buttís) content while dining on delicious snacks.
- Never question what you want. Hours later, I frantically called the hospital where I dropped off JPís body for cremation, asking them to save me some fur. In my grief, I had forgotten to ask for it earlier. Someone then asked me if I really wanted his fur, and would it mean that much to me after heís gone (after all, itís still all around the house!). When mourning, any step helpsÖ and yes, I did want his fur and all those clay paws!
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