Making Hard Decisions – Understanding when it’s time to let your pet go

by on March 9th, 2011 at 7:00 am

If you are a pet owner, you may be faced to make the hard decision of letting go of a pet. For most of us, pets are a part of our family, so the thought of losing that connection can be hard.  Knowing when it’s right to let your pet go is a difficult decision to make and you may have many unanswered questions.

Owners with pet’s that are ill or aging have an extremely difficult decision to make when it comes to the comfort of their pet. The question you may be asking yourself may be, “How do I know how he/she is feeling?”

The tricky part is- you really don’t. Unlike humans, pets can’t tell you how horrible they feel through verbal communication, but they may tell you through body language.

What to do first

Some pets tend to whine or whimper around the house when they feel sick, while others may seem lethargic or “out of it”. These are a few tried and true ways your pet knows how to convey they feel badly. Being physically and emotionally supportive of your pet during this time is crucial. Sometimes the best thing for you to do as a pet owner is make your pet as comfortable as possible.

Quality of life is important for all living things, and unfortunately when your pet has no chance of recovery, they have a poor quality of life. It’s not uncommon to have many questions for a health professional at this time. It’s ok to ask your vet what he or she would do if they were in your position, and what they feel is the most loving thing to do for your pet. Sometimes the answers are just what you need to hear.

Regrettably, many owners have to consider the cost of a sick pet. As much as we may not want to admit it, sometimes financial issues come into play when your pet’s health is concerned. Don’t feel guilty if treatments for your pet are too expensive, taking care of an ill pet can be draining not only on your emotions but your bank account as well. Some owners have been known to ask friends to help them financially as well. The bottom line is whatever you feel comfortable with is always the best route to take.

Final Process

Whatever road you choose, make sure to take some ME time as well. Some people in your life may not understand exactly what you are dealing with, and may say things that you are not comfortable with. Try not to fault your friends and loved ones for not knowing what to do or say, the sickness or death of a pet is a very personal issue. For more support and comfort, join chat rooms or talk to people who recently went through the same thing you did.

If you have another pet in the house, remember he/she may be grieving just as you are for the recent loss. Take long walks with your other pet and play as much as possible; this will help you take your mind off your loss.

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2 Responses to “Making Hard Decisions – Understanding when it’s time to let your pet go”

  1. Gail

    Apr 5th, 2011

    It is so hard, that decision to let your beloved pet go, to know when it’s time to say goodbye. We went through that in 2004, with our Siberian Husky, Kiah. We had her as a member of our family for 13 years. From the time she was a small puppy, Kiah loved the water (unusual for Siberians). She loved to swim, play, splash, and it didn’t matter if it was a lake, river, pond, creek, dug-out, or just a large puddle, she had to be in it. In the spring, she loved to stand in the small river near our town, and catch the chunks of ice as they came down during break-up. Unfortunately, standing in the icy water resulted in her developing arthritis, and when it got really painful for her, her Vet put her on Mobicox to relieve the inflammation and pain, and for the first while, it worked “miracles”. We had our old Kiah back again. However, after sustained use, the Mobicox broke down her kidneys, and there was nothing more to be done — we had to force ourselves to say goodbye to our most precious “Happy Girl”, our “KeePuppy”. We had her cremated, and our Vet offered to take her ashes out to the open farm country where he lives, and “threw them to the winds”, where our “Happy Girl” can forever “Run Happy, Run Free” through the fields and bush.

    • B. Chancey

      Apr 13th, 2011

      Hi Gail,

      Thanks so much for your story about your beloved Kiah!

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