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End of Life
The loss of a pet can be a devastating event.  We are never quite prepared for the death of a pet. Whether death is swift and unexpected or whether it comes at the end of a slow decline, we are never fully aware of what a pet has brought to our lives until our companion is gone.

If you experience the loss of a pet, grief and sorrow are natural and expected responses. Grief is a very personal, complicated matter. People respond with an enormous range of emotions and reactions.  Everyone should view the loss of a pet as a serious matter. Don't be afraid to seek help or advice. Certainly, feel free to ask your veterinarian or our staff about how better to cope with the loss of a pet.

The decision to "put to sleep" a pet can be the hardest decision any owner will make. When faced with this prospect, the owner will want to weigh a number of things. Of course, the staff at VSC will help you clarify your choices and make sure you are fully informed about all aspects of this decision. We'll provide a comfortable, unpressured environment in which you can make this choice. If you make the decision to euthanize, we will ensure a respectful compassionate process that allows a pet to pass on with dignity.

When Pets Lose Their Animal Companions
Just as pets may experience a broken heart when their human caretaker dies, pets often suffer from sadness and depression when their animal companion dies or goes missing. Pets are very sensitive to any change in the household routine, and are quick to notice the absence of an animal companion. Pets often form very strong bonds to one another, and the surviving pet(s) may grieve for the loss of another in the family.

They may be lethargic, not eat, and have trouble sleeping. They may act anxious or lost and search from room to room looking for their friend. Some owners have let their other pets, sniff or snuggle with the lost pet before burial or cremation is done. It has been shown to help surviving pets to also say goodbye. Pets recognize a lot more then we give them credit for. They also are sensitive to your emotions and your grief over another pet’s death.

You will need to give your surviving pets a lot of extra attention and love to help them through this adjustment period. Spending extra time playing together, grooming them, exercising, or just sitting together and talking to them can help to ease the transitions in the household for them. The love of your surviving pets can also be wonderfully healing for your own grief.

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