Saying goodbye to a cherished pet is one of the most difficult things we have to do as pet owners. As wellbeing and quality of life deteriorate, there may come a time in pet ownership when you will be faced with difficult decisions such as pet euthanasia. If you feel your pet's quality of life has declined, Pet Street Station Animal Hospital's compassionate team of veterinarians and support staff are prepared to help and support you.
A little pre-planning can help reduce some of the stress and emotional upheaval when it is time to say goodbye. We will make sure that you are fully informed about all possible treatment options.
Tips for Coping with the Loss of a Pet
- Allow yourself to grieve and cry.
- Talk about your feelings with friends, family, or our sympathetic hospital staff.
- Maintain your normal daily routine.
- Memorialize your lost pet by planting a tree or creating a small photo album filled with happy memories.
Here at Pet Street Station there are a few things to contemplate before you setup an appointment and before you walk in the door. Keep in mind there are no right or wrong answers—these are very personal decisions and they differ from person to person.
- Do you want to be present? If you don’t want to be present, rest assured there will be a caring staff member with your pet to stroke and soothe them.
- How would you like to handle your pet’s remains? Do you want to bury them at home? Do you want a private cremation where you get the ashes back? Do you want us to handle the remains and cremate with no ashes back?
- Would you like a complimentary memento clay pawprint from your pet?
No matter what you decide, we understand how difficult these decisions are to make.
Ways to Celebrate Your Pet’s Life
- Create your own “memory book” or “memory garden”
- Make a scrapbook or a collage of favorite photos
- Write down some of your favorite memories
- Plant a tree or bush in your pet’s favorite spot. Scatter forget-me-not seeds and watch the rebirth of memories each spring.
- Above all be gentle with your heart... it takes time to heal.
- The Rainbow Bridge is an online pet memorial and grief support community for those who have lost their "furry, feathered, or scaled" family members.