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We understand that this is one of the most difficult decisions you will ever make. And in these unprecedented and uncertain times, the reality is that our current situation makes this whole experience even more unexpected and stressful than it “typically” should be.

 

With Our Current Policy Changes, Consider These Thoughts:

~ This experience will still allow for a peaceful and comfortable transition for your pet.

~ Your pet will still know and feel the comfort of their familiar smells and surroundings.

~ The whole process will be in the hands of a caring professional who always wants the absolute best for your beloved pet.

~ Our belief is that home euthanasia is the most loving and selfless gift you could give your pet. The gift is now wrapped just a little differently with the current circumstances.

~ Our hearts hurt and grieve for you that the situation is different than you had hoped for.

Ideas for Making the Final Goodbye a Peaceful One

With the social distancing protocol that we have implemented to keep everyone safe and healthy, we developed a list of ideas to make this end-of-life transition meaningful to you and your pet.

Create a Special Spot for Your Pet

This may include a specific location in the yard. You can make any spot comforting by simply bringing your dog's bed outside, perhaps with a bowl of cool water and their favorite toy. If your pet has significant mobility challenges, sometimes their own limitations lead us to allow them to “pick their own spot” so that we can minimize discomfort or pain by moving them to a space that we designate.

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Tips to Make Your Environment More Comfortable

~ As a family, bring one item of clothing or a shoe that you can leave with your pet the whole time.

~ Use your sweatshirt as a pillow in the grass for your pet to lay their head on as they relax and get sleepy. 

~  Set up a blanket or chairs 6 feet away from the special area that you create for your pet. This family space is a good way to remain together while you say goodbye.

~ Consider bringing multiple blankets outside if your pet would benefit from the extra warmth and comfort.

~ Consider if a portable pop-up shade or awning would make a space more comfortable for your pet, the veterinarian, or even yourself. Even a small umbrella could provide you with some needed shade or rain protection.

~ Designate someone in the family to bring a tissue box. 

 

 

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Bucket List Ideas Before the Appointment

Take your pet for one last ride with you in the car. For some pets, this simple act could bring them so much joy. Be mindful and use your best judgement as to whether or not this activity would truly be enjoyable for them. Note: For those furry babes who are nauseous or feel pain when their body moves, this may not be the best idea. For some, maybe just sitting in the car with you without driving anywhere would be a gentler alternative.

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Set aside a specific time before the appointment where your pet can enjoy a special snack or meal with you by their side.

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Create a music playlist that can be played during the appointment.

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In preparation for your pet’s appointment, measure a ribbon, tie your shirts together, or find a leash that is at least 6 ft. long. When you are with your pet, while they are relaxing and getting sleepy, and right before you step away, tie the ribbon to one of their paws and keep the other end with them as you step back to the 6 ft. zone.

Saying Goodbye During the Coronavirus: A Letter From Our Veterinarian Team

Write a letter to your beloved companion to leave with them while social distancing. You can also make your own clay hand print to leave on/with them when you are distant. 

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Note: It’s ok if you want to talk them through to the very end. The last senses to diminish are smell and hearing. It is OK to keep talking to them to the very end for their comfort.

 

We deeply care for your pet and this decision with compassion and love. Although we cannot control what is happening in the world right now, we can control how we respond to the circumstances presented to us. We hope that through these preparation steps and ideas, that the last moments you have with your best friend will be meaningful and full of love 💜.

Written by:

Dr. Kelly Knoll and the Caring Pathways Veterinarian Team

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