In March we said Goodbye to the following friends:
In April we said Goodbye to the following friends:
We hope that the special memories of these friends give comfort to their owners.
There is no time more difficult than the last days of a pet’s life. Regardless of how much time you’ve had to prepare, the decision to euthanize your friend will not be easy. Throughout the life of your pet, you have been concerned about his/her quality of life. But at this moment, quality and dignity of life become immediate. It is important that your concerns are honored at this time and that you are allowed ample information to make all of the decisions that are ahead. Your entire veterinary
Euthanasia is the medical procedure of alleviating pain and suffering by administering drugs in the vein to stop the heart
Perhaps the most often asked question is, “How will I know it is time?” Deciding the actual time is very personal. It is important to remember that there is no incorrect decision, there is only a decision that is right for you. There are many issues to take into consideration. They include your pet’s quality of life, the cost of continued care, the time you must invest for continued care, and the kind of life you want your pet to live. Quality of life is a subjective assessment, but it can be judged in part by accounting for things such as appetite, activity and energy level, grooming habits, and attention to daily rituals. One such daily ritual might include not sleeping in a favorite place. It may be helpful to keep some sort of written record of your pet’s “lifestyle.”
In that record, you may ask yourself questions like:
- “Do the bad days and times out-number the good?”
- “Is my pet able to do the things that make him/her happy?”
- “How does my pet’s day differ now, compared to days before s/he was sick?”
In preparation for your pet’s death, you may want to consider the following:
- You may wish to spend some special time, doing some of those special things that have held meaning to you during the lifetime of your pet. This may be as simple as allowing your pet to bask in the sun in a favorite place, or on your lap as you read the paper.
- Many studies have shown that excluding children or making up stories (e.g., “Fluffy ran away”) may be destructive in the long run. It is important that children not be “sheltered” from this decision-making process. It is also important for parents to appreciate a child’s ability to comprehend the concept of death.
- You may wish to take pictures, clip hair, or make paw imprints on paper or in clay as a lasting memorial.
- You may find it easier to discuss body care (cremation, burial, hospital disposal, etc) prior to euthanasia
Grief is a normal manifestation of loss regardless if the beloved friend is a person or a pet. There are many ways for you to work through the grief process. You should be aware that the loss of an animal, like the loss of a family member or friend, could cause physical and emotional changes that can last for weeks or months. You may wish to contact a pet loss support group, pet loss hotline, or local specialists who are knowledgeable about loss, and receptive to helping people who have lost a beloved pet.
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