For families with pets, losing their friends can be extremely difficult. Banfield, The Pet Hospital, offers some great advice and lets you know about the options that are there for you and your family.
- Euthanasia. Your pet's quality of life may decrease due to aging or disease. If there is nothing that can be done medically to ease the pain, you may want to talk with your vet about humanely putting them to sleep. The doctor gives them an injection that will allow the animal to pass on without any more pain. You can opt to be in the room to comfort your pet, or if its too hard, you can just leave it to the professionals.
- Burial. A ceremony helps with closure and saying goodbye. Many people bury their animals in their yard, but you should check with local law first because it is against the law in some areas. Pet cemetery's are another option, and are not that expensive.
- Cremation. This is a common choice. Usually there are two choices, congregate and individual. Congregate you will not get the ashes, but individual you do get the ashes.
- Memorials. This could be a great way to remember your pet. Make a donation to your local humane society, or a local school in your pet's name. You can plant a tree, or shrub. Something to keep their memory alive.
The farewell decisions are tough, but at least you do have some options available.