This will be the hardest thing you ever have to do.
PET HOSPICE · FACING EUTHANASIA · AFTERWARD
How will I know?
Making the decision to euthanize a beloved animal is fraught and horrible. You probably feel completely conflicted. You may feel guilty about even thinking about euthanasia. You want the best for your sweetest friend and you don’t know what to do. You cannot imagine life without him or her. The worst thing would be if there was pain. You are lost.
It can be incredibly difficult to evaluate this critical situation objectively.
The main questions
If you recognize that you need to get ready for the inevitable, here are a few questions to start planning.
- How? What will end-of-life look like for your pet? What’s involved in a so-called “natural death”? Is euthanasia more humane, or does it go against your beliefs?
- Where? If you are thinking about euthanasia, would you like to have it at home?
- When? Scheduling death sounds absolutely awful – but what you want to avoid is a crisis visit to an emergency vet clinic when your pet has crashed and is suffering terribly.
Yes, these questions are difficult. Support is available to help you navigate this situation and do what’s right for your beloved animal.
Ways we can help.
All support services are currently offered at no charge.
Talk through your decisions
Speak with someone who understands exactly how important this animal is to you
Get perspective and another source of input into evaluating your pet’s condition
Offer emotional support
You don’t have to go through this alone.
Please reach out.
On-site pet hospice
Refer to other trusted resources including local pet loss groups and hotlines, and home-visit vets in your area
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