To imagine a life without our beloved pets is very difficult. We would like them to be with us forever.
We hope our pets will pass away peacefully while they are sleeping. It would spare us from having to make a very difficult decision.
Unfortunately it seldom happens and we inevitably need to consider putting our pet to sleep.
This, the last act of love and kindness, is our responsibility as pet owners and we owe our pets for the love they have shown to us. The procedure for putting a pet to sleep is called euthanasia.
But since the procedure of euthanasia is unknown for many pet owners, it is a frightening prospect.
The following guide is to help you through the process of putting a pet to sleep and to explain which aftercare options are available.
When is the right time?
This is a very common question and a very important one as well, but there is no correct answer.
The decision of “when” will be carefully made by you and your vet after thorough considering the pet's condition,
remaining quality of life and prognosis.
Where will the euthanasia take place?
The euthanasia will be carried out here in our clinic or in your home, if you prefer.
If you want to come to the clinic with your pet, we will try to book an appointment at a quiet time so you will have some privacy before and after the euthanasia.
If you request a house call, our vet will visit you at a mutually convenient time.
Will you be able to stay with your pet?
Of course - the choice is yours. It is always up to the clients whether or not to stay with their pets throughout the procedure. After having the procedure explained you may want to consider staying with your pet so there'a a familiar person with them at the end.
What is the procedure?
The vet will fully explain the procedure to you. Your pet will receive a general anaesthesia in the same way they would for a spay or neuter.
The vet will inject first narcotics either into a blood vessel directly, for that a small area on a front leg needs to get clipped, or into a muscle.
Quite quickly your pet will fall asleep – into deep anaesthesia and will not be aware of any pain.
Only when your pet is fully asleep the vet will administer the next medication into the blood stream.
Your pet's breathing will slow down and cease, followed by the heart stopping. Your pet will not feel any pain or stress.
During the whole procedure the vet will monitor your pet closely and will be by your side, too.
What happens after your pet has passed away?
Commonly the deceased pets get cremated at a licensed crematory of the Dubai Municipality in the course of a routine cremation. The Municipality are responsible for the ashes after the cremation according to the current law in Dubai.
An other option is a private cremation carried out by the CVRL and Blue Oasis will receive the ashes of your pet in return. We will place it in a wooden, carved box to be collected by you.
What about you? How will you feel?
Everyone reacts differently to a loss, to death and the grieving for the deceased pet is expressed in many different and individual ways.
Some may feel guilty. Either because of having made the decision or because of how they feel over an animal.
However and whatever you might feel, all is natural.
And all the staff at Blue Oasis will be there for you when the time comes.
We are all good at hugs, handing over as many tissues as you may need or just holding your hand...
Dr. Sabine, DVM
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