It is your personal choice whether or not to be present when the veterinarian euthanizes your pet. Many people simply cannot bear to see the moment of their special friend’s passing. Others feel they must be present to spend the last moments together. This is your personal preference. Some people choose to stay in the waiting room during the procedure and then briefly view their pet after he or she has passed away, spending a few private moments.
No one is comfortable with death, including your veterinarian and staff who face death every day. Your discomfort with the event should not govern your decision whether or not to be present with your pet at the time of its passing. It is perfectly normal and acceptable to cry. The animal hospital staff has most likely formed a strong connection with you and your pets and joins you in your pain.
In order to administer the euthanasia solution, your veterinarian must gain entry into a vein. The solution is specially made to act quickly and painlessly. This requires that your pet be calm and confident. If the veterinarian requests your permission to sedate your pet, please understand that the request is made in order to humanely and peacefully accomplish the task.
If you have an especially anxious or nervous pet, the veterinarian may be able to perform the euthanasia outside the clinic, even in your home. Please ask about these options if you feel more comfortable with this method.