One of the hardest things any animal lover will have to face is euthanasia loss of pet grief.
When the day comes that your vet tells you that your beloved friend is suffering and should be ‘put down’ that is one of the hardest days of your life.
No pet lover ever wants to hear those words, but if you have pets you will have to deal with this at some point.
The grief you feel when you lose a loved one is bad enough, but when the decision was yours, even though it was in the best interest of your pet, it can make it even harder.
I had a very old Irish Setter, we had been together for over 12 years.
I knew she was starting to decline but I went back and forth as to whether or not it was ‘time’.
When the day finally came I still started to think I was making a mistake.
That indecision led to a lot of feelings of guilt which made my grief that much harder to deal with.
No one can take away the pain you feel on that day, but there are some things that you can keep in mind that may make your grieving process a little easier to bear.
For one thing, don’t ever let anyone make you feel silly or foolish because you are grieving over your pet.
If someone tries to tell you it was ‘just an animal’ you may seriously want to reconsider having such a callous, uncaring person in your life.
That ‘animal’ was a trusted companion to you for years and only wanted your love and affection.
Your grief for your pet is an honor.
You are grieving the loss of a dear friend, and in a way you are celebrating not only their life but the huge positive impact they had on your life.
Nothing could be more normal, loving, or human.
Another thing to keep in mind is that no one should put a statute of limitations on your grief.
You will grieve until you’re ready to move on. No one can set a time limit on that.
When you’ve grieved long enough, you’ll know it.
That’s not to say that you won’t still hurt or miss your friend, it just means that there will come a day when your pain has subsided a little and you’re finally at a place where you can laugh, smile, and enjoy life again.
If you need to get some counseling to get to that point, get it.
Don’t feel bad about it. We all need help dealing with things at one point or another. It’s nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about.
One of the hardest things in life is losing a beloved pet.
Euthanasia loss of pet grief is even harder to deal with since it was your decision to have your pet put to sleep, even if it was for their own good.
Just allow yourself plenty of time to grieve the loss of your friend, and don’t let anyone make you feel like it’s time to ‘get over it’.