As a new pet becomes part of their owners life, they can quickly become loved fixture of the family. This can even go as far as to take them for granted, assume them as part of the background, and forgetting just how a part of our lives they are. But when they are gone, their absence is truly felt. There’s no more running to the door, barking, meowing, or other familiar sounds, the house is quieter and things can get hard. My family recently lost our dog after 12 years together. Every person and family will handle this situation differently, but here are several tips for moving forward in your time of loss.
Take the time needed
Don’t brush off a pet’s death as something you should quickly get over because it’s just a pet. Losing a pet is a serious loss and should be treated as such. Take time off if possible and spend time remembering the good times you shared with the support of others who knew your pet.
Make proper arrangements
If your pet is terminally ill, sometimes the most human thing can be euthanizing. It may sound cruel, but it is also cruel to keep your pet alive and suffering physically to prolong your own grief. Your pet cannot speak and tell you just how much pain they are in, so you will have to trust your veterinarian and your own instinct for when to make the decision. There are quality services out there too, ones that can drive to your home and assist with all the details, giving you time to spend with your pet and not worrying about logistics.
Before you say goodbye to your pet, a lot of people now keep either a paw print or a lock of hair as a keepsake. Pet owners often say they wouldn’t have thought they wanted something like that, however once their pet is gone but they still have their paw print they enjoy they report that they are glad they have the memento of their loved one.
It’s ok to move on
Some people may feel guilty thinking about getting another pet after their pet dies. While everyone is different and there is no right or wrong approach, it’s ok to get a new pet after some time. Some people may never want to get another pet again, that’s ok too. But if you find yourself wanting a new furry friend, there is no need to feel guilty. It’s totally normal and can be healthy in the healing process.
If you are unfortunately going through this processes these tips will help you and your pet move on to better times.