A South African vet says that cats and dogs look around for their human caretakers when they are being euthanised at the end of their lives. He believes it causes them unnecessary distress. In a Facebook post he pleads with animal guardians to take courage and be present at end of life euthanasia moments.
He wants this both for the animals and for himself. In his experience most companion animal owners do not attend these moments because they lack the courage to do so.
He urges people to do their duty and not leave it to him to do his best to step into the shoes of cat and dog owners. It is an interesting post. Do you agree with him? I’d be pleased to hear your views in a comment.
This is my second attempt at this post because no one wants to read the first! It may be a subject that is too difficult to read about or the title I used was off-putting.
I think that it is a good subject and I learned something from his words. I find it excruciating to attend the euthanasia of a cat I have loved and cared for for many years. But I think I will steel myself from now on. I’ll have to. In the past I have left the consulting room and waited in emotional turmoil while my girlfriend attends the veterinarian.