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Support When Learning Your Pet is Terminally Ill

  • Work with your veterinary team to understand the nature and progression of your pet’s illness or injury and what supportive services are available to ensure your pet’s comfort.  Such services may involve nutritional care, in-home fluid therapy, and other nursing/mobility aids.

  • Consider your pet’s quality of life, and learn how to assess pain and suffering.  Ask professionals what guidelines they recommend to help you make these decisions.

  • Realistically evaluate the financial cost and time involved in treating or properly caring for your pet and how it may affect other areas of your life, as well as your relationship with your pet.

  • Seek a supportive group of friends, family, and professionals to help you in the days and weeks ahead.

  • Write down a hospice plan for your pet, be there to share your remaining time together, and take time to care for yourself.