There won’t be a dry eye in the house in the wake of understanding this.
A number of Cambridgeshire pet owners have shared their heartbreaking tales of having their pets put down.
These saddening stories followed a story Cambridgeshire Live published yesterday (September 10), where a UK vet revealed a difficult truth about your furry friends’ final moments.
Pet owner 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 per cent 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.”
The devastating revelation quickly went viral, getting retweeted more than 40,000 times and ‘liked’ more than 180,000 times since it was shared at the end of July.
People started sharing their own heartbreaking stories of what happened when their pets died on the Cambridgeshire Live facebook page.
There won’t be a dry eye in the house after reading some of these truly upsetting stories.
Our hearts are well and truly broken.
“We took her blanket and told her how much we loved her.”
Fiona Jane Young wrote: “We sat down on the floor of the vet’s room with our beautiful lurcher Macy when the time came.
“We took her blanket and stroked her, told her how much we loved her, trying so hard not to cry and let her know that our hearts were breaking.
“I am crying just writing this.”
Goodbye little cat
Nicola Collins wanted her beloved feline friend to know she was loved when she “slipped away”, she commented: “I was there until the very end with my little cat.
“I was sobbing my heart out but stroking her head and letting her know how loved she was until she slipped away.
“How could I not be, she gave me 14 years of love and I wanted her to feel safe and loved.
“I’m crying again now as I write this, god I loved that old girl.
“I had her cremated and spread her ashes in the garden where she most liked to sleep on sunny days.”
She was so loyal
Amanda Crump felt it was only right she was with her lovable pooch when she took her last breath, she wrote: “When any of my animals have been put to sleep, I have stayed with them.
“It was especially important when my dog went to rainbow bridge. She had been so loyal and comforted me during some rough times so it was only right I was with her when she had her last breath, in fact the whole family were with her including her best buddy and as she went to sleep he just laid down beside her.
“Heartbreaking but he knew she had gone. In my opinion no pet should be on their own when they are put to sleep. Yes it is hard, yes it is painful but that will be the last good thing you can ever do for your pet.”
It was very peaceful
Janie Menzies stayed with her adored dog Archie until the very end. She commented on Facebook: “I stayed right to the end with my Archie dog it was very peaceful.
“He was 13 years old and a wonderful companion but could no longer go for his walks as his back legs were so weak, he couldn’t get up to get his water bowl etc, he had no quality of life.
“We are missing him so much, so many tears – 30/7/2018.”
I’ve cradled every pet I’ve lost
Clare Smith needed one last cuddle. She wrote: “I have cradled every pet I’ve lost. They all passed in my loving arms, just the way they are brought into the family.”
Kristin Beynon commented a heart-wrenching poem about coping with the loss of your pet.
The Last Battle
If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this — the last battle — can’t be won.
You will be sad I understand,
But don’t let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn’t want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they’ll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don’t grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We’ve been so close — we two — these years,
Don’t let your heart hold any tears.
“The hardest thing I’ll ever do.”
Rebecca Oakley said losing her darling cat was the hardest thing she’d ever done. She explained: “[It was] absolutely the hardest thing I’ll ever do but I did hold my cat right the way through from being conscious to right to the end.
“I was in absolute pieces but knew I had to be there for every second of his journey, I already felt so guilty leaving him overnight at the vets so will be eternally grateful I got there to see him through his last journey right from the start to end l cradled him in my arms the whole way.”
He wasn’t alone
Lauren Garnett shared her heartbreaking experience on the Cambridgeshire Live Facebook page: “When I was 19 my family dog I’d had since I was four was put to sleep.
“He had a large cancerous tumour in his mouth and it was impossible to operate without taking off half his jaw, he was struggling to eat and in pain all the time.
“I regret not staying with him, I stayed until they put the anaesthesia in but as soon as the vet said it was time I just couldn’t cope and had to leave.
“I have severe anxiety and depression which did not help at all but I really regret not being there, luckily all five other members of my family were there so he wasn’t alone, and he was put to sleep in our home so he was comfortable.”
Utterly hard and devastating
Tracey Roberts shared her thoughts for her precious pets: “As utterly hard and devastating as it is, all of my pets have had me there at the end with them with my arms wrapped around them.
“I see it as I owe them that for bringing me immense pleasure and unconditional love over the years.”
“We were there until the very end.”
Sharnell Davina Myers is mourning the loss of her much-loved pet who sadly passed away last week: “My cat Tyson had a stroke and we had to put him to sleep last Thursday.
“We spent the previous night with him and were there to the very end. I’m traumatised and miss him so much.”
Part of the family
Jenna Magoo wrote: “I couldn’t leave my babies with strangers. We have always been there when our babies have been put to sleep. They are part of the family.”
It is horrid to see them go and be taken away
Deborah Box shared her heart-rending experiences on Facebook. She wrote: “My old dog was put down at home.
“The vet encouraged me to go up and hold him in my arms while having his injection.
“It was peaceful, and no more pain. But it is horrid to see them go, and being taken away.
“My Jack Russells are now sixteen or so, and well aware sadly I will have to face this sadness. The only way that has helped me in the past, when losing my dog was to think, – dogs don’t have to suffer, and can be put to rest from pain when human beings have no choice but linger on with pain.”
I loved her so much
Julie Tack said: “My little dog had my arms wrapped round her and spoke gently that I loved her so much x”
Talisha Lyons wrote: “When we have had to have either our cat or dogs put to sleep my mum has always been with them and we tend to prefer to have it done at home as it is more comfortable for them and less stressful in their own environment.
“We have also tried to make sure the other cats and dogs know their friend is no longer here.”