One of the hardest parts of loving a pet is knowing that they are more than likely going to pass away before you do. While it may be a very difficult decision to make, sometimes we have to accept that they are suffering and we are able to make their transition a more peaceful one. To save the beloved pet from suffering, even though it breaks our hearts, we can elect to have them euthanased. This is usually done in a 2 step process. The pet may be sedated first, especially if it is very anxious. This also allows you time to say goodbye and cuddle or stroke them while they are not in as much pain. They will then be given a large dose of general anaesthetic which will make them lose consciousness and pass away painlessly within a few minutes. If euthanasia is recommended by your vet it is usually only after all other options have been considered and there is no way of reducing pain and suffering or usually of any form of recovery for the animal. This is a last resort and you can rest assured that you are doing the best thing for your pet by relieving him or her from suffering.