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How Can Anyone Really Know It Is Time? by Dr. Julie Reck

As a veterinarion running a mobile vet practice dedicated to providing a compassionate home euthanasia service, I face this question at least 5 times a day and sometimes I internally ask myself this throughout the day.  I recently published a book called “Facing Farewell” to help people find the answer to this question.  In the book, pet owners learn how animals perceive life and death, how to measure quality of life, and the process of the euthanasia procedure.  This is all very important information for anyone faced with making end of life decisions for their pet, but in this blog I would like to try to tackle this question on a more personal level. Continue reading


Teaching Children How to Grieve, Using The Death of a Pet to Help Children Grow – Angela Gartner – 7/2009

At age 4, Christian Knight had his first experience with death. His mother, Danielle Knight, found his fish floating upside down in the small aquarium in their home. To ease his distress, Danielle explained to her son that his fish had died and was not coming back. Whether your child’s pet is a fish, dog or cat, the death of a pet can be traumatic. Helping your child understand how to deal with his or her grief is important.  Death is not an easy notion for a child to understand, especiallywhen a close member of the family, like a pet has died or is dying. “It is important to understand that the period of time from birth to old age is much shorter for pets than for people,” says Dr. Carol Osborne, D.V.M., holistic veterinarian in Chagrin Falls.  The developmental age of the child and the situation surrounding the pet’s death are factors for a parent to consider when talking with their child about a pet’s death.

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This week I received a call from a grieving pet owner requesting detailed information about our Soft-Hearted Pillow Pet Urn.  While this is not an unusual occurence, the circumstances of the call were.

This family had lost their cat, their pal of many years just days before the call.  The woman was stealing up the nerve to make the trip to her veterinarians office to pick up her cat’s cremated remains.  It has been my personal experience , which is echoed by the sentiments of my customers , that this step of picking up the ashes can be a very traumatic one; second only to the trip to the veterinarian’s office for the euthanasia if those were the circumstances of the loss.  This woman went on to tell me that this cat had been the friend and constant companion of her 11 year old son.  This boy, this eleven year old, had gone online searching for solace on the loss of his companion as well as a suitable memorial for him.  His mother told me that her son had not been able  to sleep without  his cat friend snuggled next to him as he had done every night for the last eleven years. 

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