4 Ways to Prepare for the Passing of Your Pet
Losing a pet is always difficult, but taking steps to prepare in advance can alleviate some of the emotional turmoil. To prepare for and cope with the eventual loss of your pet, consider these four strategies.
#1: Assess your pet’s quality of life
Although pets cannot communicate when they are sick, they can show signs of both physical and mental distress. 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. The quality of life scale is a tool that can help you assess your pet’s well-being objectively and determine if they are experiencing any distress.
#2: Decide when to schedule your pet’s euthanasia
Losing a pet to unexpected death may bring relief from having to decide on euthanasia, but it could also make you wonder if you missed signs of their illness. On the contrary, choosing when it’s time for euthanasia can also be a challenging decision. It’s important to consider that very few pets pass away peacefully in their sleep. Therefore, opting for humane euthanasia could be the ultimate act of compassion for your pet who is suffering.
#3: Discuss how to care for your pet’s body
Losing a pet can be a difficult experience, especially when it comes to after-care. Planning ahead for your pet’s passing and deciding on options for their body can alleviate some stress. Cremation is a common choice where you can receive their ashes. Aquamation is becoming more popular but may not be readily available everywhere.
#4: Rely on grief support groups to process your pet’s death
During your grieving process, consider seeking support from support groups in addition to relying on family and friends. Some veterinary universities provide pet loss support hotlines, and various pet bereavement groups on social media can cater to your specific needs. Remember that you don’t have to go through this journey of grief on your own.
If your pet is becoming less healthy or happy, reach out to our team for assistance in evaluating their quality of life and preparing for their eventual passing.