The thought of saying goodbye to your furbaby is never easy. When the inevitable comes, whether it’s because of old age or an illness, preparing for the loss of a pet is something all pet parents should do.
It’s excruciating, but making arrangements in advance can help make the process go as smoothly as possible. It will also allow you to grieve fully instead of feeling overwhelmed because of unsettled and undecided matters during a difficult period.
Helpful and Practical Tips When Preparing for the Loss of a Pet
- Spend quality time with your pet and have “the talk.”
Animals feel when they are about to say farewell; they will manifest signs that you can observe. Spend as much quality time with them as you can and cherish every minute of it. Make sure they’re not left alone, especially during their last days.
Many parents who have lost their pets say having “the talk” helps bring closure and makes the passing a little easier to accept. It’s a conversation with your furbaby about saying goodbye. It’s when you talk about how much you loved having them in your life and thanking them for the many beautiful years.
- Speak with your veterinarian.
Make arrangements with the veterinarian ahead of time so that everything will be taken care of, by medical professionals, who understand the kind of pain your furry friend may be going through. They can provide treatments or medications to make the final days more comfortable for your pet.
- Settle bills as needed.
Ensure all bills such as hospitalisation, vet visits, boarding fees or hospice care get processed before anything else goes in motion. Health care expenses piling up can cause undue stress in an already challenging period.
- Plan the funeral/cremation service.
Preparing for the loss of a pet includes making funeral or cremation service plans ahead of time.
There are many disadvantages of waiting until the last minute to finalise arrangements. One of them is choosing an overpriced service that you don’t want for your pet.
Before they pass, do ample research online, get in touch with pet cremation companies and visit local crematoriums. Compare the types of services they provide and the fees as well. Your pet deserves a graceful and dignified send-off, and this needs proper planning.
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- Find emotional support.
Even at the beginning of knowing that your pet may pass any time, the emptiness starts to fill your heart. Waiting for their final days is heartbreaking and emotionally draining.
Don’t hesitate to reach out. Speak to loved ones, especially those who know your pet. Look for social media groups where people who have gone through the same ordeal can offer you pieces of advice. There are also professionals you can reach out to if the need arises. The most important thing to remember is you are not alone and that there’s no shame in asking for help.