Who should be present during euthanasia?
Unfortunately due to COVID-19, only one family member may be present at any time during the procedure.
Many people wish to be present during their pet’s euthanasia to say goodbye to knowing what the death was like so they will not wonder about it in the future. Each individual, however, will need to decide for him or herself whether they want to be present during the euthanasia. Sometimes friends may encourage you one way or another, but it is ultimately your decision, and you need to do what is best for you. Please know that if you decide not to be present our euthanasia protocol is still the same; previsit sedation, followed by an injectable sedative, and then the final injection.
If you don’t feel you can be present during the euthanasia, please do not feel you are abandoning your pet. Your pet has experienced your love throughout his life, and if he could talk, you can imagine he would say he understands. Your pet won’t be alone, Dr. Lofsky and his staff will be there with your pet, talking to him and petting him during the procedure.
Whether children should be present during the euthanasia depends on the age and maturity of the child, as well as other factors. If a child is to be present, the child should be counseled ahead of time so they know what to expect. It is also helpful if the veterinarian or staff can speak with the child and explain what will happen and why. Parents need to be ready to provide support and answer any questions the child may have. For more information click on this guide about children and pet loss.