It's hard to watch them die right before our eyes, but to not be there when they're about to take their last breath is not fair to them.
Losing a pet is nothing less than losing a family, and when the day comes that you lose your beloved companion, it can be nothing short of nightmares. This quite explains why some of us can't be in the same room as our dying pets, it's only because we can't bear to see them take their last breath. It hurts and simply breaks our heart to see it happen right in front of our lives. But, if you're someone who wouldn't want to be in the same room as your dying pet during their final moments, maybe it's time for you to reconsider.
According to Mirror, a vet has revealed what pets usually do when they're in their final moments. Pet lover Jessi Dietrich from Jacksonville, Illinois, explained on Twitter that she had asked her vet to share the hardest part about his job. She then recalled his response: 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 (sic).
Jessi went on to say: And for this reason, I'm literally gonna be cradling my homeboy rick when his time comes with all his favorite (sic) toys and endless ear scratches at the ready regardless of how distraught I am. The devastating revelation quickly went viral, getting retweeted more than 40,000 times and 'liked' more than 180,000 times since it was shared at the end of July. However, her profile's been made private now.
Jessi's tweet had such a strong response, mainly from people who were very upset, that she apologized to everyone, saying: Didn't mean to break everyone's hearts just wanted to raise awareness!!!!! I'm so sorry. A lot of people also shared their own stories of how they were there with their pets. For a lot of us, our pets are a part of our family, and they mean a lot to us, even though they've been in our lives for a very short period of time.
Jessi revealed the entire story of how she started the conversation with the vet. “I just have one pet of my own. His name is Rick, he’s a black and white cat and is about 2 and a half years old. Though he only weighs about 5 pounds, he has the biggest personality to make up for what he may lack in size. took him to the vet because about a year and a half ago he nearly died from a UTI blockage,” she said.
I was with my lovely cat when we had to have him put to sleep. I stroked his head and looked right in his eyes and called him a sweet boy. Still makes me cry now, two years on, but I'm so glad he wasn't alone.— K (@ravelens) August 30, 2018
“My vet had to perform an emergency surgery which one of the risks of which was an increased risk for infection for the rest of his life if the surgery was successful. The surgery went wonderfully but since then he gets at least one or two infections a month (the vet said he is not in pain from them). So we’re regulars at our current vet to treat these chronic infections in short." Because of Rick's near-death experience, she's aware that she'll have to say bye to him one day.
Our lovely vet came to the house to put Coca to sleep. I cradled her - It’s the last thing you can do to comfort a friend. My son stroked her still warm sleep-like body. We all had a good cry and said goodbye. We loved her. She’s buried in a sunny spot in the garden 🌺— Karen Webb 🇪🇺🇬🇧🔶 (@KWebbNurse) September 17, 2018
“Lastly I’d just like to say that while some pets may only be in our lives for a short period of time, we often are in their lives for a large percentage of theirs. They are with us during our highs and lows, always excited to see us when we’ve gotten home. Please consider this when the time comes for you to put an animal down.” Jessi also added that her intentions were not to guilt people into staying or making others feel bad for not staying for previous pets. “I just wanted to share these experiences to raise awareness to them, especially that last one. There are options when putting a pet down.”
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