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When Your Dog Dies: Preparing for the Death of a Dog

by Guest Author

in Cremation

When you decide to become a pet owner, you sign on for fun-filled years with the animal, especially when that animal is a dog. You will have many great years that will be full of laughter, love and even a little frustration, but watching your puppy grow into a well-developed and considerate dog that loves you unconditionally makes everything you endure worth it. Being a pet owner means so many things, unfortunately, it also means that inevitably you will have to prepare to say goodbye to the special relationship you have with your pet.

The odds are that you will have to bury your pet or choose cremation, which can be extremely devastating and difficult. Knowing that it will probably come along, it is a good idea to think about how you would like to handle the situation so it will be easy to prepare when the time actually comes. The best case scenario is that your dog leaves this world due to old age, that way he can live his life to the fullest and have as much time as possible with you and your family, but there are also a number of other reasons that a dog could die sooner than expected, including a number of terminal illnesses, and even accidents. So whether your dog has started getting slower, or is sick or you just like to plan ahead, take a look at some of the things you should begin to consider for when his internal clock stops ticking.

Talk to Your Family
If you have other family members who love your dog as much as you do, especially small children, it is important to talk about the circle of life. As you help prepare the people in your dog’s life that love him for what could or is about to happen. Children become quickly attached and may have a very hard time saying goodbye to the family pet – so be sure to explain that dogs do not live as long as humans and age much more rapidly. You may also want to consider renting All Dogs go to Heaven, to help reinforce a positive for when your dog actually does pass away.

Journal Fond Memories
Life really can be done in the blink of an eye, so make sure you treasure every day that you have with your best friend, and do not forget to journal special memories. You will find these very helpful as you deal with losing your pal and can even share them at a memorial or read them to help cheer yourself up on a particularly gloomy day.

Consider a Service
When your dog passes what do you envision as your final goodbye? An intimate family gathering as you bury your pet in his favorite part of the yard? Or do you see a more formal ceremony where you invite friends and family to help celebrate the life and love that your dog brought to you daily? Will you keep the service simple or will you want to hire out a service to help plan the ceremony? Will you bury your dog or have him cremated? These may be difficult questions, but by figuring them out early you will have less to deal with when the time actually comes.

Nobody likes to think about the worst-case scenario, but the more you prepare yourself and your family the better and less confusing and stressful it will be. You can spend your final days together comforting your dog and helping your children bid farewell to the pet they have known and loved all their lives.

Susan Wright, DMV has dedicated her professional life to caring for domestic animals as a veterinarian.

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