• Making the Decision to Euthanize Your Pet: How to Cope with the Aftermath

    Euthanasia is a generous act of compassion and one last gesture of kindness that you can show your sick pet, but that doesn’t make the decision any easier. After the loss of a pet through euthanasia, it is common to deal with grief and guilt at the same time. If you are facing the decision of euthanizing your pet or have already been through the process, here are some tips to help you cope with the aftermath.

    Be Honest About Your Pet’s Health

    No vet recommends euthanasia lightly, but after it has happened, many pet parents second-guess their decisions. Instead of thinking about the what ifs, force yourself to take a realistic assessment of your pet’s health and wellbeing. If you euthanized your pet, then you saved a very sick animal from needless suffering. Your vet would not have euthanized your pet if it wasn’t in your animal’s best interest, so feel confident that you made a fair assessment of his or her health when you decide to follow through with euthanasia.

    Focus on the Good

    Euthanasia is not a preference for pet families. It is instead one of the hardest things they will ever do. The reason that they do it is because they loved their pets. Focus on the selflessness of euthanasia rather than any feelings of guilt you may have. If you need help understanding why this option was best for your pet after the fact, talk to the veterinarian, who can remind you why your act was a gesture of love.

    Understand What Euthanasia Really Is

    Euthanasia isn’t about ending a life. Instead, it’s about ending artificial methods of extending a life. If your vet recommends euthanasia, then your only other option would be putting your pet through painful interventions to extend his or her life for a period of time, not to save it.

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  • Recognizing the Signs of Periodontal Disease in Pets

    Whether a pet’s death was a result of old age or illness, coping with his or her passing can be very painful. While you can’t always prevent the loss of a pet, there are steps you can take to help keep yours healthy, and one of these is to be aware of periodontal disease. Watch this video to learn about the signs of this condition in pets.

    Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition diagnosed in cats and dogs, and it often develops primarily beneath the gumline, making it difficult for pet owners to see. However, if your pet has bad breath, gum recession, or loose teeth, then she may have periodontal disease and should be evaluated by a veterinarian.

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  • Tips for Promoting a Long and Healthy Life for Your Cat

    Tips for Promoting a Long and Healthy Life for Your Cat

    Pet deaths are an inevitable part of having an animal as part of your family, and the loss of a pet can be overwhelming to even consider. Fortunately, as with humans, you can help your pet live a long life by taking the proper steps to ensure that he or she stays as healthy as possible. If you have a cat, this advice will help you maintain his or her health for life.

    Provide the Essential Needs

    There are a few basic things every cat needs to stay healthy. Food and water are naturally essential. Be sure that clean water is always available, and provide fresh food at meal times in just the right amount for your pet. If you’re not sure which foods are best for your cat or how much he or she should eat, then consult with your vet. In addition to food and water, your cat can benefit from having a selection of toys to keep him or her busy and entertained. Getting your cat microchipped, even if he or she is an indoor cat, can help prevent the devastating loss of your cat if he or she roams.

    Clean the Litter Box Daily

    Cats prefer a clean litter box, so cleaning it out once a day and changing the litter once a week will make him or her happy. There is another benefit of cleaning the litter box daily as well. It will be easy to notice changes in your cat’s bathroom habits when you’re dealing with the box each day, which can be important to detecting health problems. If you notice any changes in your cat’s habits, make an appointment as soon as possible.

    Make Vet Care a Priority

    Your cat needs preventative vet care just like you need regular checkups. Maintain your vet’s recommended schedule for vaccines and exams, and call the vet if your cat has symptoms that worry you. Pet insurance and vet payment plans can help you manage the costs.

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