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Jessi Dietrich said she spoke to a vet and asked him what the hardest part of his job was. I hope you're ready for this...
Jessi wrote: "He said when he has to put an animal down 90 percent 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 and to be honest, that broke me." You and me both, Jessi.
She went on to say that knowing this meant that if/when the time comes to have her cat put to sleep, she'll make sure to be by his side, and was soon flooded with replies from people who said they would be doing the same.
A similar post was shared on the Facebook page of Hillcrest Veterinary Hospital, which was written by a 'tired, broken vet' and urged pet owners to not leave them in their final moments.
"Do not make them transition from life to death in a room full of strangers, in a place they don't like," the post read.
"The thing people need to know that most of you don't, is that they search for you when you leave them behind."
Speaking to Mamamia, vet Dr Evan Shaw agreed with the sentiment in the posts, while also warning owners that if they do choose to leave the room they may regret it in the future.
He told the website: "I have a lot of return clients and I have found that people who aren't there at the end of their pet's life find it to be one of their biggest regrets at a later point.
"I totally understand how hard it would be, but death is ultimately a part of life and needs to be experienced to help the grieving process."
Anyone else really want to go and cuddle their pet right now?
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