A Few Ways to Prepare for the Passing of Your Pet

Even though losing a pet is never easy, getting ready for it can lessen your mental and emotional pain. Here are four suggestions to help you prepare for and grieve the eventual loss of your pet.


#1: Assess your pet’s quality of life

Although they can’t express it to you, pets can show signs of poor physical and mental health. You can evaluate your pet’s wellbeing as they age or deteriorate due to a chronic medical condition by using a quality of life scale. The quality of life scale enables you to assess your pet objectively and can assist in determining whether they are in pain.


#2: Decide when to schedule your pet’s euthanasia

While the burden of determining when—and if—euthanasia is the best course of action is lifted by a pet’s unexpected death, you might wonder if you failed to notice your pet’s illness. On the other hand, figuring out your pet’s readiness to pass and when to schedule euthanasia is never easy. However, keep in mind that few animals pass peacefully while they are sleeping, so humane euthanasia can be your final act of compassion for your suffering animal.


#3: Discuss how to care for your pet’s body

When your pet passes, you may be unprepared for their after-care. If you know the end is approaching, discussing how you would like to care for your pet’s body can eliminate some stress. Cremation is a popular choice, and you can choose that you receive your pet’s ashes. Aquamation is also growing in popularity as an after-care option but is not yet widely available.


#4: Rely on grief support groups to process your pet’s death

In addition to leaning on family and friends as you grieve, reach out to support groups. Many veterinary universities offer pet loss support hotlines, and a multitude of pet bereavement groups on social media may fit your unique situation. You never have to make your journey through grief alone.


If your pet is declining in health or happiness, ask our team for help in assessing their quality of life and preparing for their eventual passing.