Few relationships are as loving and uncondi­tional as those between people and their pets. From the day they join our families, these faithful companions fill our lives with joy in so many ways. It is even said that they help us to live longer, healtluer and happy lives. More than simply cats or dogs, our pets are family members. We form lasting bonds as they grow with us. The thought of losing them makes us sad and uncomfortable. Yet, such loss is inevitable. It seems our pets are never with us quite long enough.

This guide is designed to help you through the final phase of your pet's life cycle. It touches on the four stages most of us experience as a pet's health deteriorates:

  • Acknowledging the quality of life
  • Deciding on euthanasia
  • Choosing aftercare options
  • Learning how to cope with grief 

If your pet is experiencing severe illness or trauma, you may find yourself faced with making a life or death decision. The kindest choice may be to end your pet's suffering.  

Upon choosing euthanasia, a member of your veterinarian's staff will provide you with several options to help you select a final resting place for your beloved friend.