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When to euthanize your beloved pet?

When to euthanize your beloved pet?

You and your family are the best judge of your pet’s “quality of life” in its daily living. Your Veterinarian is the best judge of your pet’s physical state.

Evaluate your pet’s health honestly. If they are eating, playing, seeking your company, responds to attention, participates in family, then it may not be time. 

But if they are in pain, uninterested anymore in life, unaware of their surroundings, unresponsive to attention, not eating or drinking, incontinent to the point of losing their stool or urine wherever they may be standing or lying, or even perhaps not able to get up any more, then a loving and caring pet owner will most likely know it is their pet’s time.

Prolonging your pet’s suffering because you are not ready to let him go does neither of you any good. Letting him go is your true, final act of love, bravery and compassion.

Should you stay during the Euthanasia?

That depends on you. Everyone has individual views on this. Many feel it is the ultimate gesture of love, standing by their side until the end. Being able to see your pet pass peacefully will ultimately help you in dealing with the loss. Often people who do not stay with their pet until the end may wonder if their pet was scared and feel guilty for leaving them. They may also have a harder time accepting that they are truly gone because they did not see the body or witness the passing.

There are Veterinarian’s that do just In-Home Euthanasia’s. This is chosen for people who wish to remain in their pet’s familiar surroundings, and to also allow other pets to be present, believing that this way they will understand where they went, making for an easier grieving process.

What steps to follow?

Consider your personal beliefs, religion, finances, and living situation. It is wise to make arrangements in advance so that when the day comes, even if unexpected, you will be better prepared. There are options you have. You can choose to leave your pet with your veterinarian whom works with a Crematory in which you can choose to have your pet’s remains back or choose a communal cremation.

You will also find Pet Memorial and Cremation Services that provide funeral arrangements and actual funeral services per your requests.

If you prefer your pet to be buried there are Pet Cemeteries as well. The cost varies so it is best to contact them in advance.

What do I tell my kids?

You are the best judge of how much information your children can handle about death and the loss of their pet. however, don't underestimate them. You may find that by being honest about your pet's loss you may be able to address some fears and misconceptions they have about death.

Honesty is important. 
f you say the pet was "put to sleep," make sure your children understand the difference between death and ordinary sleep. Never say the pet "went away," or your child may wonder what he or she did to make it leave, and wait in anguish for its return. 
That also makes it harder for a child to accept a new pet. Make it clear that the pet will not come back, but that it is happy and free of pain. Never assume a child is too young or too old to grieve. Never criticize a child for tears, or tell them to "be strong" or not to feel sad. Be honest about your own sorrow; don't try to hide it or children may feel required to hide their grief as well. Discuss the issue with the entire family and give everyone a chance to work through their grief at their own pace.

Will my other pets grieve?

Pets observe every change in a household, and are bound to notice the absence of a companion. Pets often form strong attachments to one another and the survivor of such a pair may seem to grieve for its companion. Cats grieve for dogs and dogs for cats as well.

You may need to give your surviving pets extra attention and love to help them through this grieving period. Remember if you are going to introduce a new pet, your surviving pets may not accept the newcomer right away, but that new bonds will grow in time. Meanwhile, the love of your surviving pets can be wonderfully healing for your own grief.

Should I get a new pet right away?

Generally the answer is no. But that is not always true. It depends on you. Some pet owners need time to work through grief and loss before attempting to build a relationship with a new pet. Others heal quicker by getting a new pet soon after.

If your emotions are still in turmoil, you may resent a new pet for trying to "take the place" of the old pet for what you really want is your old pet back. Children in particular may feel that loving a new pet is "disloyal" to the previous pet.

When you do get a new pet, avoid getting a "lookalike" pet, which makes comparisons all the more likely. Don't expect your new pet to be "just like" the one you lost but allow it to develop its own personality. Never give a new pet the same name or nickname as the deceased pet. Avoid the temptation to compare the new pet to the deceased pet. It can be hard to remember that your beloved companion also caused a few problems when it was young!

A new pet should be acquired because you are ready to move forward and build a new, Life Long relationship-rather than looking backwards and mourning your loss. When you are ready, select an animal with which you can build another loving relationship; because this is what having a pet is all about! Pet's are for a Life Time!

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