Dealing With the Passing of Your Pet
Preparing for such an event does not start at the passing of your furry friend. Depending on what kind of breed your pet is, it can tell you what the average lifespan of the animal, as well as what diseases are genetic. For example, cats are extremely prone to kidney failure, and golden retrievers are most likely to get cancer. This is something you can consult your vet or breeder about.
Researching and understanding your pet’s illness will help you and your family come to terms with what’s going on, what to expect. Making sure your pet has regular vet appointments to see the progress of their treatment. It is important to take a careful weight into the treatments or procedures suggested by your veterinarian, whether or not these often very expensive treatments are worth the time, money, and energy. It is okay to seek out a second medical opinion, if time allows for it.
There will come a time when it is essential to consider what will happen to your pet after the euthanasia (or if the pet passes on their own). If the pet passes overnight, or while you’re not home, it’s best to call your vet to see if it’s possible to bring in your pet. If you have to put your pet down, it can be done at the vet’s office or by an in-home veterinarian (which can be more expensive) if you cannot get your pet to the hospital. Some in-home euthanasia services that are done by vets will not take your pet to be cremated or disposed of, so make sure you have arrangements for this.
Depending on your moral or religious beliefs, what happens to a pet after they pass is a variation. There are pet cemeteries where you can make arrangements to bury your pet, as you would a human. However, not all pet cemeteries are under perpetuity, which means that the cemetery cannot be disturbed under state law. Some pet cemeteries also have cremation services, and there are also crematory services that work with your local vet and will return the ashes to your vet’s office. The differences between the companies will come down to price, and extent of services. If you decide you don’t want to do either cremation or burial, the pet can be disposed of through animal control, a local shelter, or your vet.
Some people prefer cremation to honor their memory in their home, or spread the ashes back into the ground. Others prefer burial because it’s a final resting place, somewhere they can visit consistently, or for religious reasons. Burying your pet in your backyard varies by city or county laws. Some cemeteries allow for the burial of the cremated remains, so if you wanted to bury in a month or a year from now, it can still be done. If you leave your pet at the vet’s office, be aware that many vets have a week or two week limit of leaving the pet with them; so make sure you make the proper arrangements for your pet.
By whatever means you intend to say your last goodbye, make sure to do what is best for you, and your family. Children can have a particularly difficult time with the loss of a pet, as it can be their first time understanding death. It’s important for parents to be open to older children for discussion about the loss, and to have a support system. Many of the aftercare services can be done in advance, making it easier when the time comes. Grief is a complex emotion, and it is important to let yourself take in the emotions to understand them. Everyone moves at their own pace, and loosing a pet can be just as hard on a person as it would be to lose a human friend.
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