Death is such an important topic, but it’s what most people avoid talking about. Who could blame them anyway, especially when it means the end of life and the start of grieving for those who will be left behind?
No one can escape death and the pain that comes with it. Humans and pets are both creatures of habit, and it will be best for all parties involved to prepare for it and its aftermath.
It’s Not “Just an Animal’s Death”
Vets are in a position to understand the pain of both the pet and the owner. They have an idea of what kind of pain the pet goes through, and they deal with so many owners that they eventually learn what to expect. Sending out veterinary sympathy card messages is the least they could do, but it’s greatly appreciated by the owner left behind.
A pet is a big part of an owner’s routine, and losing that is no less than losing a family member. Any owner should deal with their grief and let it out, instead of invalidating their feelings.
What Happens After the Death of an Owner?
The owner is not the only one who should prepare for their pet’s death, though. Your pet should also be ready for the death of their owner. It works differently for them, but if the owner is able, they should make arrangements for when they pass on and leave their pet behind.
They can talk to a friend or family member to take care of the pet in their place, or for a shelter to take the pet so that another family can take care of it.
It may be a difficult topic, perhaps even the most difficult, but death is something you need to address eventually. It’s for your peace of mind and for the welfare of anyone you will be leaving behind.