Ways to Prepare for the Passing of Your Pet
Even though losing a pet is never easy, being prepared for it beforehand can lessen your mental and emotional pain. Here are four strategies for assisting with grieving and preparing for the eventual loss of your pet.
#1: Assess your pet’s quality of life
Your pet can’t tell you when they feel unwell, but they can indicate 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. The quality of life scale enables you to assess your pet objectively and can assist in determining whether they are in pain.
#2: Decide when to schedule your pet’s euthanasia
While a pet’s unexpected death removes the burden of deciding when—and if—euthanasia is the best choice, you may also question if you missed your pet’s illness. On the other hand, determining when your pet is ready to pass on and when to schedule euthanasia is always difficult. However, remember that few pets pass peacefully in their sleep so humane euthanasia can be your last act of love for your suffering pet.
#3: Discuss how to care for 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. Cremation is a popular choice, and you can choose that you receive your pet’s ashes. Aquamation is also gaining popularity as an after-care option but is not yet widely available.
#4: Rely on grief support groups to process your pet’s death
In addition to leaning on family and friends as you grieve, reach out to support groups. Many veterinary universities offer pet loss support hotlines, and a multitude of pet bereavement groups on social media may fit your unique situation. You never have to make your journey through grief alone.
If your pet is declining in health or happiness, ask our team for help in assessing their quality of life and preparing for their eventual passing.