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Vet's heartbreaking plea to dog owners who want to put down their pet leaves everyone in tears

Vet's heartbreaking plea to dog owners who want to put down their pet leaves everyone in tears

A vet has issued some advice to dog owners who are faced with the heart-wrenching decision

A vet has issued a heart-wrenching plea to owners who choose to put their dogs down alone.

Making the choice to put your pet to sleep is an agonising decision. Even if it's considered the kindest option, it's gut-wrenching for everyone involved - including the vet.

Most of us consider our dogs to be members of the family and would always choose stay by their side.

But for a variety of reasons, some choose not to.

A vet has issued a heart-wrenching plea to owners. (Getty Stock Photo)
A vet has issued a heart-wrenching plea to owners. (Getty Stock Photo)

After being there for countless final moments, one vet has shared a post on Reddit, explaining why it's so important to stay with your pet, if you can.

They explained that although they try not to judge, it is 'f***ing depressing to have a dog spending it’s final moments looking for where their owner went'.

The post read: "I feel like it’s the very last comfort you can give your friend, just being there by their side to comfort them.

"Uggh. We had one recently that hit me hard, I just wish it could have ended differently."

The vet explained that some people believe their canine will just think that they have 'stepped out for a moment', but said they are missing the point.

They continued: "Even if that was the case, they still stress out.

"Y’all, this dog we euthanised literally tried so hard to walk himself out the front door with his leash after his owners left and continued to cry and stress out until the propofol got him. We did our jobs and gave all the treats and love, but the focus was always, 'where did they go?'

"Say what you want, I just think it’s a bummer that those were his final moments. He was a really good boy and I wish he could have been more relaxed because I think he deserved it."

Other vets shared their views, with one writing: "It might be hard to say goodbye but it's hell for them."

It's important to be with your dog in their final moments. (Getty Stock Image)
It's important to be with your dog in their final moments. (Getty Stock Image)

She added: "They already don't like the vet, they're confused, they're scared, they're sad and they're looking for you when they take their last breath.

"I can try to provide them as much love and comfort as I humanly can but at the end of the day, I'm a stranger to them."

Other pet owners also shared their thoughts, with one person adding: "I held my dog as he passed (at the vet). That moment will always haunt me. But I would do it again if I had the choice."

While another said: "People who ‘choose’ to leave their dog to die alone are absolute scumbags and didn’t deserve that dog."

Many others admitted they were in tears over the post and thanked the vet for their kindness, and everything they do for our beloved pets.

Featured Image Credit: Getty Stock Images

Topics: Animals, Dogs