- There are always pros and cons to any sort of diagnostic testing
- Examining the benefits and risks will help frame your questions and guide a decision
- You may be grieving the loss of an animal companion, which could have been days, weeks, or even years ago. We must remember to take care of ourselves in this fragile state
- Attending to your own cognitive, physical, emotional and spiritual health can help you through the mourning process
- Children of any age cannot be spared the painful feelings that accompany loss, but we can help them feel secure and foster the skills to help them be resilient throughout life’s ups and downs.
- Understand how children of different ages process and understand death, and learn how to support them through grief
- There are endless ways to honor the bond that we share with these amazing creatures who bless us with their unconditional love.
- Whatever you choose to do, what makes it special is that it is your choice. There’s no wrong way to remember your beloved friend, because it reflects your own story, experience, and values
Being an animal lover is often equated with owning a lot of animals. It should equally mean respecting the needs of those animals, and making a selfless choice to limit ourselves when necessary. It’s better to enjoy the bond I share with my pets to its fullest, support spay and neuter efforts with my time and money, and enjoy dog ownership vicariously by stealing a few cuddles and kisses from my patients. more…
No sane person would imply that caring for a pet is as challenging as raising a child, but being called Mother is not some kind of exclusive club to which you unilaterally decide who gets to be admitted. When people say “furbaby” or “pet parent,” it’s not a referendum on your legitimacy as a mom. What they’re trying to say is that sharing a life and home with this loving, innocent creature is something very special, precious, and even sacred to them, something that the word “pet,” never mind “pet owner,” cannot adequately convey.more…
“How did you decide to do animal hospice?” I need to polish my response to this frequent question because, well, I tend to ramble. The seed was planted, I think, when I experienced hospice firsthand with my own dad. I subsequently developed a deep professional interest in pain management and quality of life issues. Seeing an unmet need in my community, I launched my practice in August of 2015. The most common service for which I am called upon is home euthanasia, and my hospice clientele is also growing steadily. It has been an incredible journey. As I developed my business plan, I knew that confronting grief on a regularmore…
Many have found comfort in these resources.
- Losing a beloved animal companion is heartbreaking. Nothing will make the grief disappear, but taking care of your emotional needs can help you heal.
- Talking with loved ones, finding outside support, and finding ways to honor and memorialize your friend are all good strategies for self care
- The rewards of giving your animal companion the gift of a peaceful and gentle passing can be many.
- Planning is key to a smooth transition. You should consider your wishes for the final moments, your budget, and what you want to do in case of a sudden change in your pet’s condition.
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