Pet safety is one of primary concern for all pet stewards. And although most of us know what is best for our pet, what happens when we have an older mature pet. We of course want them to be happy and feeling good. However, at some point during the aging process we will come face to face with problems in our pet’s health may be caused from the aging process?
Today with all the new therapies, medications and medical techniques almost every ailment has a treatment, depending on two things; (1) how much the steward wants to pay and (2) the quality of life left for our pet, once treatment is in place. Both of these decisions are so difficult for us to make. Researching health issues for pets, it is obvious that illnesses which have been a death sentence in the past are now treatable; example is diabetes, heart problems, cancer, seizures, and thyroid disease and so on. Quality of life is another side to the problem. Who is to decide the quality of life is no longer good’? We can treat bone disorders, arthritis, eye sight and hearing loss.
A very good Veterinarian once said ‘you will know’. However, even though we may know this is not providing a quality of life any more, to make a decision based on our beliefs is more than difficult. Anyone having a pet and watching that pet slowly lose all their character and personality has been at this cross-road. We love them and they have become a member of our family, for many it is like losing to death a husband, wife or child.
So what can we do? Grieving for a pet, person, job, or any loss takes time. And we must work through each stage. Given some time we need to get back to life. At this point volunteering at a pet rescue is one way to learn to accept the events in our own life and move forward. But we must remember to take some time; jumping in right away will not help us work through this process.
If there is another pet in the home, this is also very difficult as pets grieve also. And they grieve for other pets and playmates, as well as their human caretakers. This situation will allow us to openly grieve with this pet and for some it is the beginning of a deep healing. Holding them and hugging them will give us the opportunity to release some of the pain of loss. A memorial, l for the pet that has passed, is another way to begin the healing process. The Veterinarian can provide more tips as well as www.Pasadosafehaven.org.