Putting Down a Pet

Putting Down a Pet

Abby Stone
Sep 3, 2008

atla-090308-dogdown01.jpgYesterday, our neighbor was forced to make one of the hardest decisions that every pet owner may have to face one day. His long time companion had developed a tumor, making it difficult for him to breathe or walk. After over fifteen years together, they had to say goodbye...

Deciding to put down a pet in order to relieve him of his suffering is one of the most difficult challenges that lies at the heart of taking in any jumping, frolicking and curious young animal that captures your heart. Challenging to both pet and pet owner alike, there are ways to make this time easier for everyone, and every animal, involved:


  • Talk to your pet. Even if they don't understand your words, they understand your tone of voice and they pick up on your emotions. A little spoiling is in order too.
  • Enlist the support of friends and family. Like any death, you should turn to those around you for emotional solace.
  • Plan a memorial to celebrate your pet's life. Even if it's just a walk with a few friends to your pets favorite romping ground.
  • Plan activities to take care of yourself. Walking, hiking, a massage, talk therapy, time with friends or even just taking a few days off work.
  • Let yourself grieve. It's natural and healthy and part of the mourning process.

Have you ever had to put down a pet? Share your memories of your pet in the comments.

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