Here are 4 Ways to Prepare For the Loss of Your Pet
Losing a pet is always difficult, but preparing in advance can help alleviate some of the mental and emotional pain. Below are four ways to prepare for and cope with the eventual passing of your pet.
#1: Assess your pet’s quality of life
Pets cannot always communicate when they are not feeling well, but they may display signs of poor mental or 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 help determine if they are suffering.
#2: Decide when to schedule your pet’s euthanasia
Losing a pet suddenly may feel like a relief because you don’t have to grapple with the decision to euthanize. However, you may also wonder if you missed signs of illness. On the other hand, deciding when to euthanize a pet can be very hard. It’s important to remember that most pets don’t pass away peacefully in their sleep, so humane euthanasia may be the kindest option to end their suffering.
#3: Discuss how to care for your pet’s body
Losing a pet can be tough, and planning ahead can make it easier. Discussing how to handle your pet’s remains before they pass away can help. Many people choose cremation and keep their pet’s ashes. Aquamation is becoming more popular, but is currently less common.
#4: Rely on grief support groups to process your pet’s death
When you’re going through the grieving process for your pet, you can find comfort in support groups. There are pet loss support hotlines offered by veterinary universities, and you can find various pet bereavement groups on social media that may be relevant to your experience. Remember that you don’t have to face this journey by yourself.
If you notice your pet’s health or happiness deteriorating, please reach out to our team. We can assist you in evaluating your pet’s quality of life and help you prepare for their eventual passing.