Making the decision to euthanize your beloved pet is gut-wrenching. When do you know it is truly time? How can you actually go on with your life, when your best friend is no longer around.
Dealing with life and death is emotionally terrifying. Especially to think that one just does not exist anymore. Regardless of your belief, learning how to cope with losing your pet is important.
Once you come to the realization that this is the best thing for your pet you can start to process what the next steps in your life will be.
Take your pet on one last fun-filled day
That is if your pet is well enough to enjoy it. Never take your pet all over town when they are not ok to. If they are still eating and want that big mac at Mcdonalds, let them have it.
Did you spend a few nights with your pup in the ER for eating chocolate? Give it to them right before. This is the time to do what they love and give them what they always want.
Allow yourself time to grieve
Just like losing any other family member, you need time to grieve, time to reflect and remember how much joy and love your pet brought to your entire family. Acknowledging your grief is important and prepare yourself for your new life without your pet.
Grieving is different in every person and allowing yourself the time to heal is important.
Remember the good times
The most amazing part about having a pet in your family is the fun, joyful times you will always remember. Embrace the memories you have, put up pictures or even write a tribute to them.
It is ok to be sad
Showing yourself that it is ok to feel sad, will help you move through the grieving process. Face the pain straight on and you will heal quicker. Whether you rather sit by yourself and grieve or find a friend to discuss everything, know it is ok to be upset.
Help your other pets through this time
Everyone grieves their own way, even your pets that are still alive. Maintaining their lives as normally as possible is important. If you feel they are showing signs of depression or sadness touch base with your veterinarian to make sure they are ok.
If you feel like you cannot continue on after losing your pet, seek help. There are many groups that are there to help you through this process.
It takes time to get used to the new normal but your pet will forever live in your heart.