What You Need to Know About Grief and Losing a Pet
Grief is a natural reaction to the loss of a cat or dog. It's hard to know how to cope with losing a four-legged member of your family, but knowing what to expect when the time comes can help you get through this painful and heartbreaking period.
Read on to find out how to help children handle their grief, what decisions you should make before your pet passes away, and how vets deal with animal death.
When the Diagnosis Is Terminal
There are alternative ways to navigate through this difficult time, such as creating a support website to share with loved ones. It’s also important to remember that other people love your pet, too, and might feel uncomfortable or awkward when they see you without your pet.
Knowing When to Say Goodbye to Your Dog or Cat
How to Help Kids Cope With a Pet's Death
While witnessing a pet’s euthanasia is not right for every child, Dr. Marty Becker says that if your child is older and expresses an interest in saying goodbye, then he or she might be prepared for the experience. A pet’s death is also an opportunity to teach kids that death is a part of life and that it is OK to grieve.
Decisions to Make Before Your Pet Passes Away
Many pet owners grapple with what to do with their pet’s remains. One option is cremation, a thermal process that reduces an animal's remains to bone fragments. While cremation isn’t right for everyone, knowing more about it can help you decide if it’s the best end-of-life option for your pet.