Two veterinarians with long experience share their thoughts on euthanasia
Often owners gather in ways that impress the veterinarian. But sometimes the animal comes in too late, and sometimes the animal is completely healthy. Two veterinarians with long experience share their thoughts on killing.
- Killing is not the hardest thing in my profession. There can be a lot of sadness in the room, but my experience is that many pet owners gather to give their animal as stress-free the last moment as possible. In some cases, killing is a natural consequence of a long life or long treatment that has reached the end of the road. It becomes something almost natural and consistent, says veterinarian Johan Lindsjö, when we talk to him on an early afternoon in November.
After many years as a pet veterinarian, of which fourteen as a specialist in dog and cat diseases, he has met many animals and their owners who are facing a killing. Over the years he has worked up a routine. - I want to know the circumstances of the killing before I perform it and I think that information should be found out already in connection with the owner booking a time. It is important for me as a veterinarian that I get a clear picture of why
the animal should be killed. Often it is necessary, the animal can be old, sick and there is no return.