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I held my hamster for 3 hours last night until she passed away in my hand.  I feel so honored to have been able to be there with her when she passed but I am struggling with having watched her die.  It took about an hour and she went through several convulsive periods and then semi-calm breathing followed by breathing that sounded like she was struggling.

I know no one can tell me if she was in pain during this time or afraid.  I'm hoping someone has advice on how to cope with the images, watching your beloved pet go through the actual dying process.

I am so very heartbroken.

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Your courage and devotion to your hamster in holding her through her last hours is really admirable. But it's likely you will suffer some emotional trauma from the experience. There is no nice or easy way for a being to die, be it a hamster or human. I too was traumatised by my cat's last days and the heartbreaking euthanasia that followed. Possibly, I may never really get over it.

There are no shortcuts to get through this. Wretched though the coming days may be, there should be no regrets over sharing your life and love with the little one...

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I'm very sorry for your loss.  Last Wednesday I held my sweet cat Lola in my arms as the vet administered the sedative and then the drug that would stop her heart.  I am also plagued by those images.  It's traumatic to see a loved one die right in front of us.  When the image pops in my head now, I try to recognize it and then redirect my thoughts.

Be well.  
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