Animal companions have played an important role in our lives and they continue to assume much greater significance and meaning. It is estimated that there are nearly 150 million cats and dogs living as pets in US households. The pet industry has generated more than $35 billion dollars in revenue each year. The increasingly impersonal and perilous modern lifestyle has made our pets become more appreciated, respected and valued. They become beloved members of many families and we accept these animals with unconditional acceptance, loyalty and love.
Pets continue to become our dearest and best friends, as well as our confidants and companions. Their mere presence is consoling, calming and comforting in a world full of fear, conflict and tumult. However, pets also seek a comfort zone, safe haven and opportunity to relax in our homes. They accept us as we are and don’t judge us. Their loves are unconditional; in addition, animals can also be entertaining, amusing and affectionate. They are simply fuzzy and warm as well as a source of affection and true love. Many people laugh and are amused at their pets’ antics. Pets can encourage us to exercise and play more to help us forget about our present problems. They can keep us from being isolated and lonely.
We are living in a world of anxiety and stress, filled with tension and negativity and even hostility. Eventually, many of us feel eventually drift away from our friends and relatives. Our professions may have allowed for higher education levels and improved financial situation, but there are prices we need to pay. Many of us are strangers to the busy urban lifestyle. It can be difficult to make friends.
Unfortunately, many pet owners arrive to a situation when the vet diagnoses these animals with terminal diseases, such as cancer. Sick, old pets could be in continuous pain and discomfort, causing them to be less active and playful. Most pet owners patiently wait for their pets to die peacefully in their own, although it means that their pets will continue to suffer. Others choose to put a merciful end to such a suffering and get their pets euthanized. Euthanasia is typically performed by trusted veterinarians, who assure us that there are no more alternative methods to cure our pets. The procedure is virtually painless and quick. However, many pet owners still see euthanasia as one of the most complex and difficult decisions they ever make.
In reality, euthanasia could be the most humane and most compassion decision we ever make. It is especially true if we have done everything necessary to care for our pets, by giving conventional medical attention, special diets and alternative holistic remedies.
When it is obvious that our pets are dying, we could feel multiple profound emotions, such as helplessness, guilt, despair, anguish, frustration, anger, depression, sadness, fear and loneliness. Although the death of our pets could turn our lives upside down, it is important to prevent such a condition from disrupting our daily activities.