We love and care for them daily. We celebrate their “gotcha” days and birthdays. They bring us joy and laughter. Losing a pet can be just as difficult as losing a close family member or friend. This loss can be overwhelming for pet owners. Grieving the loss of a beloved pet is normal, and there are resources available to help pet owners process their feelings after saying goodbye to their furry, scaled, or feathered loved one.
- Memorial Pet Services offers support groups for those who are grieving the loss of their beloved family pet.
- The Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement website offers many wonderful resources to those who are dealing with pet loss.
- This article from HelpGuide gives some helpful suggestions on how to talk about euthanasia decisions with your family, and how and when to make this very difficult decision.
- Our friends at Journey Home offer a Quality of Life Scale to help you determine when it might be time to say goodbye
If you are interested in further resources or connecting with UW Veterinary Care’s social worker, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.