Stressful Decision: Letting a Beloved Pet Go

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Anyone who’s owned a pet knows that it’s never easy to make the decision to say goodbye, but most pet owners feel relief and gratitude when it comes time to make this tough choice.

That said, recognizing when the time has come to say goodbye can be difficult if you love your pets deeply and don’t want to let them go.

Here are several signs that will help you know when it’s time to find your pet a new home before it’s too late.

 

Asking the Right Questions

One way to tell if your pet is in pain or approaching old age is by asking him questions. How’s his appetite? Is he still able to run around like he used to? Is he being aggressive with other pets in your home?

These are good indicators that it may be time for you to take your pet to an animal clinic or ask your vet for suggestions. Other symptoms include breathing problems, nausea, and vomiting.

If you notice any of these signs, contact a veterinarian immediately. The sooner you get treatment, the better your pet’s chances of survival. And remember: It’s never too late to adopt another furry friend! 

A healthy cat can live up to 20 years old. A healthy dog will usually live between 10 and 15 years old—but large dogs often live longer than smaller breeds.

You should also take into account whether or not your pet has health issues that might impact how long he could live; for example, epileptic dogs tend to have shorter lifespans than their non-epileptic counterparts.

If you’re adopting an older pet, make sure you do some research on his breed and any genetic predispositions he may have inherited from his parents. This way, you’ll be better prepared if your new pet needs medical attention in his later years. 

If you’re considering letting go of a beloved animal companion because it is no longer able to enjoy life as it once did, know that there are many other options available besides euthanasia.

 

Emotional Trauma Caused by Losing a Pet

Pets have become more than just companions in our lives, they’ve become beloved family members. We love our pets unconditionally and think of them as part of our family. When you lose a pet, your world is turned upside down.

It’s tough to deal with losing any member of your family—but losing a pet has its own special set of heartache and trauma that only those who have been through it can understand.

The death of a pet can be even harder for children to cope with because they don’t fully understand what happened or why their furry friend isn’t coming back. As much as we try to shield our children from death, there are some things we simply cannot protect them from.

Even if your child doesn’t fully comprehend what happened, he or she will sense something is wrong and feel sadness without understanding why. Children tend to grieve differently than adults do, so you may need to help your child work through his or her feelings.

 

Deciding on Euthanasia for an Ill or Injured Animal

Sometimes, it’s necessary to euthanize an animal in pain or who cannot be saved. Don’t hesitate to do what you know is best. Talk to your veterinarian if you are unsure whether or not you should put down your dog or cat.

It’s better to make that decision now than later. You will also want to ask your vet about other options for helping your pet pass away peacefully, such as sedation and palliative care.

If your pet has a terminal illness or injury, he may only have days left to live—but they can still be quality days. Be sure to spend time with him, play with him and give him lots of love before he passes on.

This will help both you and your pet feel more at peace during his final days.

 

Dealing with Loss After Euthanasia

It’s difficult to know when it’s time to put an animal down. It may be in its best interest, but that doesn’t make it any easier for you or your pet. When euthanasia is inevitable, try doing these things beforehand to help soften the blow.

Take lots of pictures and videos (if permitted by your veterinarian), since it will help you remember all the wonderful times you spent together. Write a letter to your pet expressing how much he meant to you, then place it somewhere special where you can read it often.

Consider placing something from your pet—like a collar or toy—in his favorite spot so he can feel at home even after he’s gone. And finally, don’t forget to say goodbye. Your pet won’t understand what is happening, but having one last conversation with him might ease some of your pain.

 

Having Children Around Pets

Pets are like family, so it’s only natural that you’d want your children to grow up knowing and loving them—but it may not be such a good idea. Experts say small children shouldn’t have direct contact with pets, because they can transfer disease and sometimes bite or scratch.

However, there are plenty of ways to bond with your pet without risk. One option is to let kids watch over their pets from afar while they play in a fenced yard. Another is to introduce younger kids to animals through stuffed toys or photos on a computer screen before ever bringing an animal into their home.

 

Grieving the Loss of Your Pets

The death of an animal you’ve loved is never easy. It’s important to remember that there are lots of steps to grieving a loss, whether it be an animal or a human. First, let yourself feel sad and let your emotions flow.

At some point, you’ll probably start feeling angry – at God, at life, at yourself – but it’s okay to feel that way too. Everyone deals with grief differently; don’t be afraid of yours differs from someone else’s.

Also, don’t be afraid to seek professional help if you need it. You can also join a support group for pet owners who have lost their pets in order to talk about your feelings with others who understand what you’re going through.

Talking about your pain will help alleviate some of it. And remember: There will come a day when you no longer cry over losing your pet, but they will always hold a special place in your heart.

When animals die young or suffer painful deaths, their guardians often wonder why these things happen.

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