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Support When Making End-of-Life Decisions

  • Obtain guidance regarding your pet’s ongoing physical condition from your veterinary team. 

  • Learn what options are available for end-of-life services and think about when, where, and who should be present to say goodbye.

  • Understand the process of a natural death or euthanasia and assess your own ability to be a part of either process.

  • Be prepared to discuss after-care options with your veterinary team.  Do you prefer to have your pet’s remains returned to you?  Will you assist in transporting your pet to a cemetery for burial or do you prefer your vet or transport service to handle all aspects of after-care following the death of your pet?

  • Trust the judgement of your veterinary team, yourself, and your ability to recognize the unique personality traits that make your pet who he or she is.  Ultimately, the special bond you share has enabled you to help determine their needs and wants when no words are exchanged.  Give them permission to let go and say goodbye.