How to Prepare for Your Pet’s Passing
Although saying goodbye to a pet is never easy, properly preparing yourself for it can lessen your mental and emotional pain. Here are four suggestions to help you prepare for and grieve the eventual loss of your pet.
#1: Evaluate the quality of life of your pet
Although they can’t express it to you, pets can show signs of poor physical and mental health. You can evaluate your pet’s well-being as they age or decline due to a chronic medical condition by using a quality-of-life scale. The quality of life scale enables you to assess your pet objectively and can assist in determining whether they are in pain.
#2: Schedule the euthanasia of your pet
While an unexpected pet death relieves you of the responsibility of determining when—and if—euthanasia is the right course of action, you might wonder if you failed to notice your pet’s sickness. On the other hand, deciding when to plan euthanasia and when your furry friend is ready to pass away is never easy. Keep in mind that few pets pass away gently while they are sleeping. Humane euthanasia, however, can be your final act of love for your suffering pet.
#3: Talk about how to take care of your pet’s body.
You might not be ready for your pet’s aftercare when they pass away. If you are aware that your pet’s time is running out, talking about how you want to handle their body can reduce your worry. It’s common to choose cremation, and you can decide to get your pet’s cremated remains. Aquamation is becoming increasingly well-liked as a form of post-care, although it is still not readily accessible.
#4: Use grief counseling services to cope with the loss of your pet.
Reach out to support groups in addition to relying on your loved ones and friends during this difficult time. Most veterinary schools have pet loss support hotlines, and a plethora of pet bereavement organizations on social media may be suitable for your particular circumstance. You never have to go through grief on your own.
Ask our staff for assistance in determining your pet’s quality of life and making arrangements for their eventual death if their health or happiness are deteriorating.