Yesterday, we shared a story explaining what happens in your pets final moments if you have to make the hard decision to put them down.
Veterinarians and pet hospitals recently responded to a tweet that said that the hardest part of a vet's job, is frantically seeing pets look for their owners when they're being put down.
Most pet owners can't bear to watch their precious family members leave them, which only makes the moment so much worse according to the Hillcrest Veterinary Hospital, in South Africa, who posted this message on their Facebook page after seeing the tweet:
“When you are a pet owner it is inevitable, the majority of the time, that your pet will die before you do.
“So if and when you have to take your pet to the vet's office for a humane pain free ending..
"I beg you DO NOT LEAVE THEM. Do not make them transition from life to death in a room of strangers in a place they don't like. The thing people need to know that most of you don't is that THEY SEARCH FOR YOU WHEN YOU LEAVE THEM BEHIND!!!!!
"They search every face in the room for their beloved person. They don't understand why you left them when they are sick, scared, old or dying from cancer and they need your comfort."
Now, after seeing the story, pet owners have shared their stories and explained what they did when it came time to say goodbye to their beloved pets.
Have a read below and maybe grab a box of tissues:
"This is our last pic with our dog. Although it was a tough decision and extremely hard to do, one of the best things we did was have the vet come to our home to put our 16yr old dog down. She fell asleep peacefully in her own bed with us all beside her."
"I was there when I had to put my baby girl, Tashi down. She was 14 years old and had bowel cancer. I can safely say it was THE hardest thing I have ever done in my entire life, but I am glad I was there to reassure her as she crossed the rainbow bridge. She was there for me my entire childhood, so I thought it was a no brainer to be there for her last moments."
"When my big boy passed away (sic) it was the hardest thing to lay beside him and comfort him while I watched him take his last breath. All I really wanted to do was pull the drip out and take him home. It's been 4yrs and I still feel the pain, but knowing he spent his whole life with us from 7wks to 12yrs and his final moments feeling so loved makes me glad I stayed with him til the end."
"This girl was with me during the hardest time of my life. The lazyish cat didn't leave my bedside for 3 months. I wasn't going to let her live her final days without me. I spent a week nursing her in her final days and held her paw saying goodnight as she looked at me one last time. Normally at the vets there's no way in hell I would have handled her but she let me hold her in the waiting room."
"I was there for my Monte this year As he took his last breath at Murdoch animal hospital and 17 years earlier for my beloved Philly when she was put to sleep at 15 years of age. No way did I leave them alone."
"We were all there with our beautiful Holly even our other dog. Hardest thing ever but I never would have considered any other way."
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