4 Ways to Prepare for the Passing of Your Pet
Losing a pet is always difficult, but taking steps to prepare can lessen the emotional burden. Here are four ways to prepare for and cope with the eventual loss of your pet.
#1: Evaluate the quality of life of your pet
It’s difficult to know if your pet is feeling unwell, but they may show signs of poor mental or physical health. To get a better idea of your pet’s well-being as they age or deal with a chronic medical condition, you can use a quality-of-life scale. This tool lets you assess your pet’s health and happiness in an objective way and can help you determine if they are in distress.
#2: Let’s talk about how to take care of your pet’s physical health
If you are not ready for the after-care of your pet after their passing, it can be challenging. It is advisable to prepare beforehand, as discussing how you’d like to handle your pet’s body can help reduce stress. Cremation is commonly preferred, and the ashes can be returned to you. While aquamation is becoming popular, it is not yet readily accessible.
#3: Choose the appropriate time to schedule euthanasia for your pet
Losing a pet suddenly can relieve the responsibility of deciding whether euthanasia is the right decision or not. However, it may leave you wondering if you missed any signs of illness. On the other hand, it is always challenging to determine when it is time for your pet to go and schedule euthanasia. Keep in mind that only a few pets pass away comfortably in their sleep, and merciful euthanasia can be the final act of love towards your beloved pet to relieve their suffering.
#4: Consider seeking support from grief support groups to help you cope with the loss of your pet
When you are grieving the loss of your pet, consider seeking support from support groups in addition to your family and friends. Many veterinary universities have pet loss support hotlines, and there are several pet bereavement groups on social media that may be suitable for your specific situation. Remember, you don’t have to navigate the grieving process alone.
If your pet’s health or happiness is deteriorating, contact our team for assistance in evaluating their quality of life and planning for their eventual end.