Lake Cable Animal Hospital - Pet Loss
PET LOSS AND THE GRIEF PROCESS
Because pet lives are much shorter than ours, it is normal and natural to feel loss and grief following the death of your pet. Grieving is a personal experience that everyone handles differently, grieving in his or her own time and way.
Other family members or friends may not understand the extent of your grief and may not know how to help you. Furthermore, explaining a pet’s death to a child can be difficult; you may want to contact your pediatrician on how to talk to your child. We also have a listing of web sites and phone support lines to help you or your child during this difficult time.
DYING AT HOME
Sometimes our pets can die at home either suddenly or after an extended illness. Some of the signs that he has died are purple gums, not breathing, no heart beat and the body may be stiff or cold. If you are unsure if your pet has died, you can have a veterinarian verify that he has passed away.
WHEN IS IT TIME?
Your relationship with your pet is very special, and because of this, sometimes we are required to make difficult decisions regarding their health. At some point, you may be faced with making a life or death decision based on how sick or severely injured your pet is. Euthanasia is a hard decision, but ultimately the final decision rests with you.
Here are some guidelines to consider when trying to make that decision:
- Is he eating and drinking normal amounts?
- Is he sleeping comfortably and doing his normal activity or exercise for his age?
- Is he interacting with family members?
- Does he have reasonable control of urine and bowel movements?
- Does he have a comfortable and reasonably pain free life, or is the pain manageable with medication?
- Does he have the potential to recover normal health?
- Does he have more good days than bad days?
If you are considering euthanasia, you are welcome to call the office to discuss the decision, the options for after care, and the scheduling procedure.
There are several options for final burial plans.
- You can bury him at home (if permitted in your area).
- Common burial or a private burial with one of the local pet cemetery services.
- Group cremation or private cremation with the ashes returned.
DEALING WITH PET LOSS:
The Rainbow Bridge
There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass.
When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. The old and frail animals are young again. They play all day with each other.
There is only one thing missing. They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth. So, each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up! The nose twitches! The ears are up! The eyes are staring! And this one suddenly runs from the group!
You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet, you take him or her in your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again and again and again, and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated.
MY GIFT TO JESUS
By Jane L. Sears
I wish someone had given little Jesus a dog
as loyal and loving as mine
to sleep by His manger and gaze in His eyes
and adore Him for being divine.
As Our Lord grew to manhood, His own faithful dog
would have followed Him all through the day
while He preached to the crowds and made the sick
well and knelt in the Garden to pray.
It is sad to remember that Christ went away
to face death alone and apart
with no tender dog following close behind
to comfort its Master’s heart.
And when Jesus rose on this Easter morn,
how happy He would have been
as His dog kissed His hand and barked in delight
for the One who died for all men.
Well, the Lord has a dog now; I just sent Him mine,
the old pal so dear to me.
And I smile through my tears on this first day
alone knowing they’re in eternity.