Dying pets ‘frantically look around for their owners’ in final moments, says vet

Losing a pet is like losing a family member, and anyone who has had to make that heartbreaking decision knows how devastating it is.

The dreaded day is almost unbearable, and while some people stay with their pets as they’re put down, others can’t bare to stay in the room.

A vet has revealed the heartbreaking thing pets usually do in their final moments when being put down – and it might make you reconsider and force yourself to sit through the pain of watching.

Jessi Dietrich explained on  Twitter that she had asked her vet to share the hardest part about his job.

She then recalled his response: “He said when he has to put an animal down 90% 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 & tbh that broke me (sic)”



Most animals frantically search for their owns before they get put down

Jessi went on to say: “And for this reason I’m literally gonna be cradling my homeboy Rick when his time comes with all his favorite (sic) toys and endless ear scratches at the ready regardless of how distraught I am.”

The tweet went viral with more than 40,000 retweets and hundreds of people sharing their stories of when their pets passed.

One person said: “My family and i had to put my buddy down in may. i went along when it was time for him to go, and although it was heartbreaking and devastating, i am glad i was there to love on him. pets are like family and deserve peace and comfort in their final moments.”

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Another Twitter user who claimed to be a technician at a vet clinic said: “I’d say 80% of owners want to be there! But we give them an injection to make them sleepy first (basically surgically anesthetized) so the transition is that much smoother.

“And when owners don’t want to be a part of the actual euthanasia, they stay for the sedation part so at least they are with them until they are sleeping. Makes everything so peaceful (well as peaceful as that can be I guess).”

Jessi’s tweet had such a strong response – mainly from people who were very upset – she apologised to everyone, saying: “Didn’t mean to break everyone’s hearts just wanted to raise awareness!!!!! I’m so sorry.”