It’s going to happen and we all know it, but hate to acknowledge it.
At some point, our beloved pets are going to pass away. It’s the way life goes but nobody wants to talk about it.
Instead of ignoring what is going to happen eventually, why not have an idea of how to go about it when that time does come?
Here’s 10 ways that will hopefully aid you in your final time with your pet.
- Go Natural
Sometimes health issues arise as the reason for your pet’s passing.
The ones that die peacefully, often at home without euthanasia, are the ones whose owners chose natural treatments for the illness that would ultimately take their animals’ lives.
These best scenarios come from owners who avoided vaccines, monthly medications for fleas and heartworms, and fed their pets a healthy diet.
Those who receive homeopathic treatments almost always die peacefully and at home.
It is unfortunate to say that those whose pets are taking drugs to suppress symptoms instead of working to heal the pet typically have a much more difficult time dying.
If we can go natural and keep our pets as healthy as possible, death can be peaceful.
2. Euthanasia is a blessing
In some cases we are told that our pet does not have a hopeful prognosis. We know the end is near and there is no cure.
There can be fits of pain, crying, and just an overall miserable feeling from our pets. In this case, euthanasia can be a gift to them. It takes them out of their misery, which we hate to see them in, and takes them to a better place.
Most of the time, the final call is because of cancer. Instead of letting this prognosis get to a miserable suffering, we can at least help our pets go peacefully.
Although we can’t change the final outcome, we can at least help make that transition be more peaceful.
3. Where euthanasia takes place matters
Really think about it. How would you feel if you were in a random doctor’s office and that was it? It’s the last thing you would see, and maybe one familiar face…
By passing at home, your pet is surrounded by familiar sights, smells, sounds, and significant others.
It creates a sense of comfort in their last moments.
4. Euthanasia is a vet – only procedure (not DIY)
Sometimes the question is posed, “can I euthanize my dog myself?”
Unfortunately, the answer is no.
The whole point of euthanasia is so that the process is painless and smooth.
This is done by a drug being given intravenously. If even a bit slips out of the vein, it can be very irritating and painful.
In addition, it is a controlled substance so only those who have clearance would be able to access this.
When properly administered, it quickly and smoothly takes your animal from consciousness to unconsciousness to death, in the space of less than a minute.
5. Homeopathy assists dying, euthanasia or natural
There is a remedy known as arsenicum album.
It helps to ease the tension and fear that can accompany the biggest transition in life–death.
Of course fear is common around dying and it can drive restlessness in some unfortunate pets.
Remedies come in two main forms:
- A tube full of BB sized round pellets (most common)
- A tube full of mustard seed sized granules
The latter is simplest to use, so we’ll start there.
Those tiny granules are impossible to spit out, so you pour 5-10 of them into the cap of the vial, open your dog’s mouth, and toss them in. That’s it.
The common ones from the store are easy to spit out, so we need one more step.
Crush a few of those BBs into a powder and dump that into your dog’s mouth. Done.
The most common potency to buy is 30C.
Dose according to your pet’s needs. Try one dose and see how your pet feels. If you notice the restlessness dies down, then you’ve done the trick. However, if your pet is still anxious and unsettled, give another dose to see if that calms them down.
- Bach Flower Remedies: Huge Help in Dying
A natural stress reliever is known as Rescue Remedy, which is a great household item to aid in this process.
Not only will this ease your pet, but it can also be used for you as well.
Dying is stressful on both parties involved, and you both deserve something that will help ease those worries and stress.
This is an oral remedy that helps ease your pet’s mind.
Another remedy is known as Bach Flower Walnut. This helps the transition and the feeling of safety.
These remedies are safe and there’s no possibility of overdosing, so you don’t have to worry.
- Have Your Bodily Arrangements Made Ahead of Time
Depending on what you prefer and even where you live, you have options afterwards.
Some people choose cremation, some may choose to bury their pet under their favorite tree.
Whatever you decide, it’s best to have those arrangements planned ahead of time. When going through the traumatic loss of your pet, the last thing you want to be worried about is what to do afterwards.
Having a plan will make things easier once your pet has passed.
- Allow Everyone In
When death happens at home, not only is it peaceful for your pet that is dying, but it also helps your other pets too (if you have them).
Imagine you leave with your dog, but when you come back they aren’t with you. Of course you know what happened, but your other animals don’t. They have a feeling of uncertainty that will never be answered.
By doing this at home, the animals can see what is happening, and understand a new presence without.
- Allow Forgiveness and Grace
We all know it. Losing a loved one is difficult.
We may want to deny what happened, or be angry with the situation, but we must find some forgiveness and allow grace to enter.
Emotions are everywhere and scattered. There is nothing pretty about death. But we must accept the situation and try to move forward.
- Learn for Next Time
If you have experienced death before, use that as a learning tool for the next time.
Is there something that worked for you that you know you could do next time?
Or maybe something didn’t sit right with you that you know would be better if yo changed it for the next time.
Maybe it’s taking a more natural path next time.
Or possibly having more figured out ahead of time since you know what is coming.
Either way. Learn from it. Use it for next time. And enjoy the time you do have with your pets.