Features May 2010 Issue

How to Prepare for a Dog's Death

When it was time to euthanize her beloved dog Buck, Joan Macdonald looked for a house call veterinarian, to spare the terminally ill dog one more trip to a veterinary hospital.

How to Prepare for a Dog's Death

For many of us, the death of our dog will be the first time that we’ve experienced the loss of a loved one, human or otherwise. And even for those who have lost a relative, spouse, or close friend, dealing with the death of a beloved dog can be a whole new experience, unleashing a wave of emotions that just might sweep us off our feet. Although no amount of preparation can make the pain disappear, planning ahead for the loss of a pet can allow us to make better decisions and be ready with the right resources should we find ourselves on an emotional roller coaster.

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