Putting An Animal Down
Posted on September 6th, 2018
Following up on my previous blog post about preparing to lose a pet – we did put dear Louie down. As expected, it was incredibly challenging and extremely emotional.
Here are a few things that might help you cope with putting an animal down:
We didn’t pick a concrete date
My family couldn’t cope with the concept of picking a date in advance that would fit in with our business schedules to put Louie down. Instead, we made an appointment on the day with the vet to determine if he was suffering. We acknowledged that it might happen that day so we first took him to his favorite spot at the beach. It was better for us not to plan ahead but let it happen when the time was right.
We made sure he was surrounded with love
If you’re dealing with putting an animal down, it usually means their quality of life has diminished and that keeping them around is for our sake. As heartbreaking as it is to say goodbye, the most important thing is to surround them with love. I held Louie the entire time we were in the vet’s office to ensure he never felt afraid or fearful. It gave me great comfort to know that the last thing he remembered was feeling safe in my arms as he fell asleep.
Create a support group
The experience would have been much worse if my family hadn’t been there. It doesn’t take away from the pain of it all, but being surrounded by people you love is far better than and more healing than being by yourself.
It takes time
One of the worst feelings is coming home to a quiet and empty house. Louie adored being on my yoga mat and it took time for me to be able to step back on the mat. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this. All you can do is feel the emotions and acknowledge the sadness. Things that helped me were staying busy and taking walks. Ultimately, it is just going to take time.
As someone who is currently experiencing all the emotions, I’m sending you all the good vibes. It really is tough but know that you are not alone. What matters most at the end of the day is that your pet lived a good life. I fully believe that those who are no longer with us on earth are always guiding us in spirit. Be gentle with yourself and up your self-care game to help deal with any negativity.
RIP sweet Louie.
Lots of love.