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Our pets have made their way into our homes, our beds, and especially our hearts. So, when a pet parent has to make the difficult decision to put their cherished pet to sleep – it is one of the hardest decisions to make. Even when the decision is clear, medically necessary and the pet is suffering, it doesn’t make it any easier to decide to euthanize a pet. It is very common to continue second guessing your decision and running through all the “could’ve” and “should’ve” scenarios in your mind, over and over again.
For those of you that have recently suffered the loss of a pet, or for those of you trying to help a loved one through the grieving process – we outline some of the common feelings associated with choosing to euthanize a pet.
According to www.petlosshelp.org, here are some common emotional and behavioral responses to the loss of a pet.
Forthose of you grieving over the loss of a pet, the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine offers a CARE (Companion Animal Related Emotions) pet loss helpline. If you or a loved one need to speak to someone for support, please call 877-394-CARE (2273) on Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday, 7-9pm CT.