Euthanasia… What To Expect

We always fear to lose these pets that mean so much to us. Nevertheless, that time inevitably does come. So how do we pet owners face our pet’s mortality? How do we face euthanasia?

In-home pet euthanasia offers peaceful and dignified parting

And when the owner finally arrived at her agonizing decision to put Tulip to sleep, there would be no stressful visit to the vet, either. Instead, Tulip’s final act would take place at home.

Coping With the Death of Your Pet

How to take care of yourself, your family, and other pets when you’ve had to say goodbye.

Dealing with the Death of A Cherished Pet

For many people, the death of their pet comes with many difficult decisions. Because each pet is different, as are his or her owners, options, feelings and coping mechanisms vary. Experts predict that over half the human population has a pet at home. The average life expectancy for pets is 15 to 16 years. Given these statistics, it’s safe to say that a great number of people will experience the death of a pet at least once in their lifetimes.

The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement

They are all professionally-trained volunteers in pet bereavement counseling, and are here for you. Our beloved animal friends have brought us together, and in honor of them we are now all here for each other, as well.

Coping With Grief

There is no right or wrong way to deal with the loss of a loved one. The grieving process is rough—and it’s different for everyone. It’s not just a matter of coping with a loss, but coping with change—and that takes time. This video can help.

Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline

The Pet Loss Support Hotline is a source of comfort at the time of the loss of a beloved pet. It is staffed by volunteer veterinary students who are trained by a professional grief counselor to help bereaved pet owners. You can call them at 607.253.3932, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern Time on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

ASPCA – Pet Loss Hotline

There are many forms of grief that are completely normal in the wake of the loss of a beloved pet. For support dealing with the loss of a pet, call THEIR Pet Loss Hotline at (877) GRIEF-10.

The AVMA: Coping with the loss of a pet.

When someone we love – such as a beloved pet – dies, the loss often causes grief and intense sorrow. By physically showing your grief, you actively mourn the death of your beloved pet. This active mourning will move you on a journey toward reconciling with the loss of your pet.

Veterinary Social Work of Michigan State University

The Veterinary Social Work Service at the MSU Veterinary Medical Center offers emotional support to clients when they need it most. Veterinary social workers provide short-term, one-on-one counseling for a variety of situations.

What is Aquamation?

An Eco-Friendly Alternative to Pet Cremation.

When is it Ethical to Euthanize My Pet?

Ideally, companion animal owners should maintain a good relationship with their general veterinary practitioner, who has often known the animal all of its life, and can serve as a partner in dialogue during the trying times when euthanasia emerges as a possible alternative to suffering.

Euthanasia: How Do I Know When the Time Is Right for My Pet?

Making decisions on behalf of our pet can be impossibly hard.

Additional Books and Reading Material

For Children:
“The Tenth Good Things About Barney” by Judith Viorst
“I’ll Always Love You” by Hans Wilhelm
“When a Pet Dies” by Fred Rogers

For Adults:
“Dog Heaven” by Cynthia Rylant
“Goodbye Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet” by Gary Kowalski
“How to Roar: Pet Loss Grief Recovery” by Robin Jean Brown

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