We are never quite prepared for the death of a pet. Whether death is swift and unexpected or whether it comes at the end of a slow decline, we are never fully aware of what a pet has brought to our lives until our companion is gone.
Our involvement with the final outcome may be passive. We may simply not pursue medical or surgical treatment in an aging pet. Perhaps its ailment has no cure and the best we can do is alleviate some of its suffering so that it may live the remainder of its days in relative comfort. An illness or accident may take it suddenly.
Everyone secretly hopes for a pet’s peaceful passing, hoping to find it lying in its favorite spot in the morning. The impact of a pet’s death is significantly increased when, as responsible and loving caretakers, we decide to have the pet euthanized.
At Tenafly Veterinary Center, we do not exercise this option lightly. Our medical training and professional lives are dedicated to diagnosis and treatment of disease, and we are keenly aware of the balance between extending an animal’s life and its suffering. Euthanasia is the ultimate tool to mercifully end a pet’s suffering.
To request euthanasia of a pet is probably the most difficult decision a pet owner can make. All the stages of mourning may flood together, alternating rapidly. You may resent the position of power. You may feel angry at your pet for forcing you to make the decision. You may postpone the decision, bargaining with yourself that if you wait another day, the decision will not be necessary. Guilt sits heavily on the one who must decide. The fundamental guideline is to do what is best for your pet, even if you suffer in doing this. Remember that as much as your pet has the right to a painless death, you have the right to live a happy life.
To help you to prepare for the decision to euthanize your pet, consider the following questions. They are intended as a guide; only you can decide what is the best solution for you and your pet. Take your time. Speak with your veterinarian. Which choice will bring you the least cause for regret after the pet is gone? Consider the following:
For clients who prefer the privacy of their home to say goodbye to their love one, we provide at-home euthanasia. Please contact our office to make arrangements at 201-567-7878.
Each of us mourns differently, some more privately than others, and some recover more quickly. Some pet owners find great comfort in acquiring a new pet soon after the loss of another. Others, however, become angry at the suggestion of another pet. They may feel that they are being disloyal to the memory of the preceding pet. Do not rush into selecting a replacement pet. Take the time to work through your grief.
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Losing a pet is one of the most difficult things a person can experience. Whether it is sudden or anticipated, the loss of a pet is a highly emotional time. We are proud to offer the Pet Compassion Careline, exclusive to all partner clinics and pet parents. Available in English, Spanish and French, pet parents and their families will have access to experienced, professional, and confidential counselors.
Our Pet Compassion Careline is staffed 24/7 exclusively by Master’s and Ph.D. level clinicians with at least 5 years’ experience in the counseling field. When you contact the Pet Compassion Careline, your call is immediately answered by a Careline grief counselor. We are continuing to provide the best in pet aftercare and pet grief support.