PHOTOGRAPH above by Photographer Bree Pettenuzzo

Preparing yourself to say goodbye....

I know first hand how devastating it can be saying goodbye to a beloved pet. It truly is one of the most challenging decisions I ever had to make. The decision to euthanise a dog can be emotionally overwhelming and preparing yourself mentally is an essential part of the process. You must take your time to consider the decision and come to terms with the reality of what is about to happen. This includes acknowledging and accepting the pain and sadness that comes with saying goodbye to your beloved pet.

In this blog post, we will discuss five things I did that you too can do to help prepare yourself to euthanise your dog.

  1. Educate yourself about the process: One of the first things you can do to prepare yourself is to educate yourself about the euthanasia process. Talk to your veterinarian about what to expect during the procedure, and ask any questions you may have. Knowing what to expect can help alleviate anxiety and stress.
  2. Talk to friends and family: The decision to euthanise a pet can be emotionally overwhelming and it is crucial to have a support system during this time. If you are like me, you may be unsure about whether or not it's even time yet so seeking a second opinion either from another veterinarian or talking to friends and family members may assist you in making that heartbreaking decision . Your friends and family understand the special bond you share with your pet. They can offer emotional support, provide a listening ear, and help you through this difficult time.
  3. Spend quality time with your pet: Spending time with your pet before the procedure can help create lasting memories and bring comfort to both you and your fur baby. If they are still able you could do things they love, such as going for walks, playing their favourite game, or simply sitting with and cuddling them. This can help create positive memories and help you say goodbye.
  4. Consider professional services: Professional services like Sunset Vets offer in-home euthanasia services, which can be less stressful for your dog and more comfortable for you as a pet owner. They can also provide support and comfort during this difficult time, making the process more manageable. I had a very positive personal experience with Sunset Vets, from the moment I had my first call (and cried my eyes out to the call taker), I felt supported. And this continued throughout the process and afterwards. Sunset Vets were also able to assist in organising cremation and memorial details with Pet Rest Cremations, here on the Sunshine Coast, a call I was just not able to make.
  5. Consider pet photography: Pet photography is an excellent way to capture special moments and memories with your fur baby. Consider hiring a professional pet photographer, like me The Furry Folk based in the Sunshine Coast (and inspired by my late pointer boy Benson), to capture unique images of you and your pet together. These images can be a lasting memory of your special bond you share with your pet.

Ultimately, preparing oneself mentally and making the final days special can make the experience of euthanising a dog more bearable, and ensure that the dog's final moments are filled with love, compassion, and respect.

It is a heart-wrenching decision that no pet owner wants to make. But sometimes, it is the last act of love that we can offer to our beloved furry friend who has been a loyal companion throughout its life. It is a difficult but selfless decision that we make to prevent our fur baby from suffering and to give them a peaceful and painless goodbye. It is a final gift of love that we can give to our pets, letting them go with dignity and surrounded by our love and affection. Though it is never easy, it is a decision made with the best interests of our pets in mind, and a reflection of the unconditional love and care we have for them.

Be kind to yourself throughout the process and lean on others where you can xx