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Preparing for the Death of a Pet

Pets are an important member of the family. So it's hard preparing for their death. But the reality is, you'll probably outlive your pet.


Preparing for the death of your pet will help you through the grief process. You'd also be able to make better decisions, such as how to make your pet's life more comfortable during death and what to do after your pet dies.



Where would you like it to happen?

You may choose to let your pet die at home so you and your loved ones can pay the last tribute, spend as much time as possible, and express your emotions. It can also happen at the vet's place, or other accredited facilities.


How would you like it to happen?

If you've received guidance from an expert on how to make sure your pet dies pain-free in a comfortable environment, you can opt for unassisted death at your home.


For pets in distress, opting for euthanasia is the best way to ensure a peaceful and comfortable passing. Euthanasia can be in-house to allow you to spend as much time with your pet or at an accredited facility.


Who will be present?

It's sad to see your pet die, and you may not want to see the passing away of your pet. However, it is recommended that you're there at the very end so you can understand that your pet is truly gone.


Being present also helps you process the loss better. You also have to decide whether you want family members and friends present.


What happens to the body?

You also want to decide what happens to the body of your pet. If you want your pet's body buried, do you want him buried in a casket or shroud? You may also decide to bury your pet at home, in a pet's cemetery, or a human cemetery that allows pets.


Alternatively, you can choose cremation. Look for a trusted company that offers cremation service with compassion, love, and care.


Some cremation facilities provide both group and private cremation, so you want to decide which to go for. Another option is to donate your pet's body to a vet school for practice and research.


What do you do with the remains?

After cremation, the ashes can be put in a simple box or an urn. Decide where you want your pet's remains placed. You also have to decide whether to take home the remains or have them memorialized in a pet cemetery.


You can choose to have your pet's ashes scattered in a memorable location or leave instructions to be mixed with yours when you die.



How do you keep your pet's memory alive?

One of the best ways to honor the memory of your pet is keepsakes. Paw prints, nose ink, and hair clippings can help you remember your pet and keep his memory close.


Emotional Preparation for the Death of Your Pet

  • Spend more time with your pet.

  • Take time to say goodbye.

  • Make your pet very comfortable.

  • Talk to people who understand what you're passing through.

  • Understand that it's ok to grieve.


Planning for the death of your pet can be a sad experience. You don't have to go through it all alone. The River Valley Gateway is an accredited, state-of-the-art facility that provides compassionate support through euthanasia, cremation, and other services. Reach out to us today.

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