No one likes to see their loved ones suffer, but when a grave illness takes hold or old age sets in most people can only stand by and witness the inevitable. Death is a part of life, and the longer a person lives, the more of death they are going to see.
Even though we can understand death is a release from horrible pain and misery, and we are able to accept it as unavoidable, when it comes close to us, it is still extremely difficult to deal with. Especially when an unbreakable bond has formed, and too few years have been allowed to pass between loved ones.
This is the common bond experienced between a loyal pet and his loving owner. They spend years together, sharing intimate sentiments on an emotional level. The owner cares for the pet and the pet showers the owner with unconditional love and attention, even right after being scolded, rejected, or spanked. Completely forgiving, the pet comes back in a few minutes looking for the gentle caress that they have come to adore from the one they trust most.
People who don’t have pets find it difficult to understand the emotional ties that tether the family together. Pets are just like human toddlers that love to play and be held. They prefer to sleep in bed with you and enjoy listening to your enthusiastic sounds of happiness, or soft sweet coos of admiration. Yet, unlike children, pets never talk back, don’t criticize, won’t stab you in the back, shun you, wreck the car, or take money out of your wallet. They give one hundred percent of themselves, and ask for very little in return.
It is no wonder that pet owners, who have watched their pets decline in health and stand before death’s door waiting for it to open, wish to relieve their little loved ones from any more pain. Those little rascals that develop a chronic disease, like pulmonary or heart disease, cancer, or kidney failure, and reach the point of not being able to sleep, eat, urinate, or breathe, can practically tear out the hearts of those who love them and have to bear witness to their constant suffering.
The Haines Road Animal Hospital in St. Petersburg understands these heart-wrenching sentiments and can help put kind pet owners at ease. With the greatest care and compassion they will help relieve your pet from a painful death, and give you as much time together as you may need before the final departure.
You can call and discuss the options your pet has in his or her current condition. They will help you maintain your pet’s quality of life for as long as possible with medication. Once the medication no longer helps and you come to believe the time is right, you can call and let them know when you are coming.
A professional staff member will be waiting for you and your loved one at the door and escort you into a quiet back room decorated in tasteful, calming feng shui. A babbling fountain surrounded by colorful foliage stand close to a comfortable wicker sofa with a longhaired throw rug in front of it. An attractive wood partition stands behind the sofa, and a short table is to the right with a box of much-needed tissue for your tears of lament.
You don’t have to worry about going out to the front desk in your distraught condition. Someone will come in and speak with you and ask what your wishes may be. You can sign and pay privately while spending time with your pet. The vet will greet you, and let you know that you can continue relaxing there as long as you like with your pet, until you feel it is time to say goodbye. You can decide to stay until the end, or depart at your leisure.
If you stay, the vet will give your pet a quick injection that removes any pain and calms them completely as you stroke and speak to them with the words they have come to enjoy. In just a few minutes, your pet will be totally relaxed and you can place him or her on a soft, carpeted table. The next injection is an anesthetic that works almost instantly to gently put your loved one into an eternal sleep.
You will not be asked to leave. With the greatest respectful, the vet will ask you to stay as long as you like to finish your final farewell. When you are ready, they will escort you out the back door, so you can grieve in total privacy. Once your pet has been cremated, you will receive a call to let you know you can pick up the urn.
The calming, beautiful environment and empathetic staff members at the Haines Road Animal Hospital are the perfect combination of care and compassion needed at a grievous time such as this. They not only remove the pain and fear from your pet so he or she can know peace, they also relieve your doubts and reservations as well. It is a totally holistic undertaking. You will know you did the right thing, and feel comfortable with your choice, during one of the most difficult experiences of your life.