- 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
- 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
- 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
- Loud noises and routine changes can be frightening for pets
- Fortunately, we have some options to help reduce the fear and anxiety surrounding stressful situations.
- Arthritis is a common condition in dogs and cats. It cannot be cured, but it can be managed
- There are a number of options for treating arthritis. Combining multiple approaches leads to the best results.
There’s that old saying about the cobbler’s children having no shoes. As a veterinarian, sometimes I feel ashamed after dropping the ball with my own babies. Like the time my Lab found a stash of raisins I didn’t even know I had. Then did it again two weeks later. I’m supposed to know better! I have had a few occasions to feel guilty when I realized I had been missing some important but subtle signs once they’re back to their usual selves. What I’m trying to tell you is that you will get no judgement here. 20% of dogs suffer from arthritis pain and some ofmore…
- Nutritional supplements, sometimes called nutraceuticals, can play a key role in the management of chronic pain and inflammation
- But buyer beware: supplements are not subject to approval by the FDA. What does this mean to you, the consumer?
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