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Planning Ahead When Your Family Pet’s Health Starts to Fail

Your pet provides you with years of loyalty and love, yet there eventually comes a time when your family pet’s health starts to fail and you need to say goodbye.

Many people would even say that the only thing bad about pets is that they have much shorter life spans than humans.

Although it is hard, taking care of your pet during the final stages of their life honors them for all that they have contributed to your family.

Planning ahead for difficult situations helps to ease your pain while ensuring that your beloved pet finds peace and comfort as they reach the end of their life.

Planning Ahead When Your Family Pet's Health Starts to Fail

Start Talking to Your Family

Family pets are fortunate to be surrounded by so many people that give them love.

Your pet may love playing with your toddler or providing your senior parent with companionship.

Make sure to include every member of your family in your plans, but remember to keep it age-appropriate.

You might need to read a book about saying goodbye to a pet to your preschooler.

Meanwhile, your spouse might want to make plans for one more special outing with their favorite pet.

Old dog laying on the floor

Watch for Signs It Is Time to Say Goodbye

No one wants to imagine their pet ever feeling discomfort, but animals experience similar types of illnesses and injuries as they age.

You can observe your pet’s health and behavior for clues that help you know when to schedule a euthanasia appointment.

Some people may choose to arrange for an appointment when they know that their pet has a terminal illness that is getting worse.

Other pets may need euthanasia to end the discomfort caused by a severe illness that causes chronic pain, an inability to eat, or extreme fatigue.

Giving your dog the freedom to rest when necessary can show them the respect they deserve.

Woman with her dog tender scene

Create a Beautiful Memory

You may not be able to fully restore your pet back to the way they were in their youth, but you can plan a special way to say goodbye.

Many people arrange for euthanasia to occur in their home or at another comfortable location.

You can also choose to make that day as special as possible.

Your family may prefer to cuddle with your pet for a few minutes before they say their final goodbye.

You can also sing a song, give your pet a special blanket or say a few words as your pet leaves this world in peace.

Sad looking sick senior dog

Watching as your pet struggles with an illness or old age is painful.

Although decisions such as this aren’t easy, you can rest assured that there are professionals who can walk you through the final steps of saying goodbye.

As you make your preparations, remember to take it easy on yourself.

Continue to spend as much quality time with your pet as you can so that you can feel confident that they knew they were loved from the day they were born until the moment they reached the end of their life span.

Anne Perry

Friday 27th of October 2023

I have added colostrum and collagen to his diet.

Anne Perry

Monday 18th of September 2023

I have a 14 year old. We are dealing with this now.


Sunday 20th of August 2023

It’s such a hard situation!


Sunday 18th of December 2022

Oh how I hate the endings

Dawn Mielke

Sunday 6th of February 2022

I've had numerous pets (mostly cats but 1 dog). The dog was totally unique. He could Never be replaced in my heart so I'm a cat only person now. But I've had several cats pass over the years. My husband and daughters left it to me to be the only present at their passing. It is hard and emotional because the pests are apart of your family.

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