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.
- It is never easy to hear that a beloved pet has a serious illness. Making important decisions that will have a strong emotional and possibly financial impact on the whole family is stressful.
- Here’s how to help yourself and your loved ones as you sort it all out.
- Although it may seem counterintuitive to think about end-of-life care for a young and healthy pet, some issues are easier to consider before a time of crisis
- Knowing your goals and priorities, as well as your pet’s needs and preferences, can help facilitate decision making when a serious illness or accident occurs
Your help is urgently needed to prevent the suffering and starvation of Hawaii’s free-roaming cats. SB2450 and its companion, HB 2118 would ban the feeding of all animals deemed predators, including stray cats and dogs, on state land. This is a sweeping mandate that would include state beaches, parks, schools and more. It is well known, through experience and research, that there are more effective, compassionate solutions to reducing community cat populations in Hawaii. Please join the Hawaiian Humane Society, the Oahu SPCA, Cat Friends and many other animal welfare organizations and citizens in strongly opposing this legislation. How you can help Submit Testimony in Person SB2450 is scheduled formore…
- Mobility is particularly challenging for larger pets. A small dog or a cat can readily be carried from place to place, lifted onto their favorite couch, and taken outside to do their business
- Learning to recognize early signs, and making some changes to the pet’s environment, can help them maintain function and comfort
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