How to Get Ready for the Loss of Your Pet – 4 Tips
Losing a pet is always difficult, but taking steps to prepare in advance can help alleviate some of the emotional and mental burden. Below are four ways to prepare yourself for and cope with your pet’s inevitable passing.
#1: Assess your pet’s quality of life
Although your pet may not be able to communicate when they are not feeling well, they can display symptoms of poor mental and physical health. Using a quality of life scale, you can assess your pet’s health and happiness as they age or deteriorate from a chronic medical condition. You can use the quality of life scale to evaluate your pet objectively and identify signs of suffering.
#2: Decide when to schedule your pet’s euthanasia
Losing a pet suddenly may seem like a relief from the difficult decision of euthanasia. However, you may also wonder if you failed to notice signs of illness. On the other hand, it’s always a challenge to decide when the right time is to consider euthanasia. It’s important to keep in mind that very few pets die peacefully in their sleep, so choosing humane euthanasia may be the kindest way to end your pet’s suffering and show them your love.
#3: Discuss how to care for your pet’s body
If your pet dies, you may not be ready for what comes next. However, preparing for their after-care, particularly discussing how you would like to handle your pet’s body, can lessen your burden. Cremation is a common option, and you may receive your pet’s ashes. Aquamation is another after-care choice that is becoming more prevalent but may not be readily accessible.
#4: Rely on grief support groups to process your pet’s death
When grieving the loss of your pet, remember that you can seek support from support groups, such as pet loss hotlines offered by veterinary universities or pet bereavement groups on social media. Along with family and friends, these resources can be helpful during this difficult time. You don’t have to go through the grieving process by yourself.
If you see a decline in your pet’s health or happiness, reach out to our team for help in evaluating their quality of life and making preparations for their eventual passing.