Caring for an ailing pet and coming to terms with your own feelings is a difficult process, but you don't have to go through it alone. See the videos we've provided below--they'll help you assess your pet's quality of life, understand when it's time to say goodbye, and learn how to heal following the loss of a pet.
Signs Your Aging Pet is in Pain
Anyone who has a pet is going to be faced with decision making at some point, whether their pet is elderly or has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Having greater understanding and knowledge will help you be prepared to do what is best for your pet.
Pet Euthanasia: Too soon, too late, or somewhere in between?
Many people are afraid of what they're going to hear from their veterinarian, so they tend to stay away. Dr. Faith Banks, DVM encourages caregivers to be open and honest about their fears, goals, wants and expectations so they can move forward and care for their declining pet. Together with your veterinarian, you can create a "good death" and make your companion's final moments peaceful ones.
Receive helpful advice on how to assess your pet's quality of life, and see what signs you can watch for to determine whether their care is being well managed. After all your years together, there are ways to make the end of your pet's life journey a special and meaningful time for them and your family.
Grief, Comfort and Healing
Pet loss is staggeringly difficult to experience. Moving from Post-Traumatic Stress to Post-Traumatic Growth using the concept of reinvention is an extremely helpful mechanism for recovering from loss. Ask yourself how you can take your loss and carry it forward to reinvent or create something new and positive. Additionally, what can you do to help other animals?
You Can Love Again
Do you miss loving your dog? Do you miss being loved by your dog? Despite losing your cherished pet, you can still move forward and love again.