Goodbye Kisses - Vet's Heartfelt Gift For Dog's Final Moments Goes Viral
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Goodbye Kisses… because no dog should go to Heaven without tasting chocolate.


Global (10 December 2021) – Chocolate is a delicious treat for humans, but it isn’t a suitable treat for dogs; in fact, it is highly toxic for our furbabies… but one Vet is going viral for giving the treat to pups in their final moments.

Dr Namie from Smiths Station Animal Hospital put a post up with her jar of “Goodbye Kisses”, and it’s giving us all the feels.

“This jar is reserved for our euthanasia appointments…because no dog should go to Heaven without tasting chocolate.”

Chocolate is toxic to dogs because it contains theobromine and, to a lesser extent, caffeine. Humans metabolize theobromine easily, but dogs don’t. Dogs process theobromine and caffeine slowly, which allows these toxic compounds to build up in their systems and cause clinical signs associated with chocolate toxicity.

Goodbye Kisses - Vet's Heartfelt Gift For Dog's Final Moments Goes Viral
Photo Cred: Smiths Station Animal Hospital | Goodbye Kisses

But in the final moments of a pups life, the slow toxicity doesn’t matter, and this Vet allows her patients a “Goodbye Kiss” treat with the family before they say goodbye. And social media are loving the idea!

Read some of the heartwarming (tear inducing) comments below:

“When we were saying goodbye to Andouille, one of the techs brought in some ice cream cake with chocolate sauce all over it. It must have been someone’s birthday. She said the same thing about letting him have something he normally couldn’t. He loved it and that made us happy and willing to say farewell. The compassion and love they gave (in the middle of a pandemic no less) meant the world to us.” – Jonathan Atwater 

“Chocolate was my Jack Russell’s absolute favourite food, despite how hard I tried to keep it away from her. She could have broken it out of the most intricately locked safe I’m pretty sure! She got it alllll the time, and lived every time with little complications. I knew she was leaving me when she didn’t even want to eat chocolate when I offered it to her after she turned down a soft taco. (I was trying anything to get her to show some sign of interest in food!) When I buried her at 15 years old, I included a whole bar of chocolate. I hope she’s loving it now.” – Allie Strong

“We had to say goodbye to our boy on 8/30. He had intestinal cancer..10 years old. Hardest thing ever, putting him to rest… he hadn’t eaten anything solid for a week, (that’s what the feeding tube is) and the day we laid him to rest he had a McDonald’s cheeseburger. Miss him so very much. Doesn’t get easier. We got his ashes back last week.” – Kaitlin Somers 

“I cannot love this sentiment any more than I do! Recently went through this with our 12-year -old Huck. We gave him some steak, but he would have loved some chocolate too!” – Susan Caiscaro 

“It was truffled eggs and an early 15th birthday pupcake for our Bonnie (west highland terrier) on her last day. Followed by her favourite, smoked salmon just before our vet arrived. We said goodbye 2 weeks ago today. I held her in my arms as she passed and our noses nuzzled while I felt her last breaths. Miss you my darling girl.” – Holly Williams 

“I just had to put my dog Loki down due to abdominal cancer and I gave him a peice of chocolate and other goodies before his appointment.” – Stephy Richards 

Sources: Facebook 
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