Saying goodbye to a pet that has become part of the family can be very difficult and hard to process. You have most likely spent years caring for them and have formed a very special bond with them. Below are some of the ways you can help yourself and your family prepare to say goodbye to your pet.
Being curious about the process of euthanasia is natural. Don’t be afraid to ask the veterinarian questions before going into your appointment. Knowing what is going to happen during your appointment can help you feel a little bit more prepared and at ease. If you think that you and your pet would be more comfortable outside of the veterinary clinic, talk to your veterinarian about at-home euthanasia and if it is something they offer. If you have other pets who are very close to the one you are saying goodbye to, talk to your veterinarian to see what the best course of action is. Sometimes, having the other pet come in after one has passed, can help him/her with the grieving process of losing their friend.
Talk About Cost
As sad as this time is, the cost is something that needs to be discussed. It can be easier to get all the talk about the bill, as well as aftercare (burial, cremation, etc.), out of the way before you go in with your pet. You want the appointment to be about you spending your last moments with your pet, and not having to worry about much else. Take some time to think about what you would like to be done with your pet’s remains. Some clients choose to make alternate arrangements other than cremation. You can also request other objects in their memory, such as a clay pawprint.
Talk to Your Family
Make sure everyone in the family and your pet’s life is on board and understands what is happening. Explain to them why you are helping them pass peacefully and make sure everyone’s questions are answered before going in for the final appointment. This eliminates any confusion during your pet’s final moments.
Celebrate Your Pet
Of course, this is a very difficult time for you and your family, as well as your pet- but try to celebrate your pet’s life. Think about all the good memories you have made with them. Think about how much you have gotten through together and all the joy they brought you. It’s okay to cry, too. Take some time before your appointment to do some of your pet’s favourite things. It will make it easier to look back on the day.
Written by College Manor Veterinary Hospital