You love and care for your pets with all your heart. Yet, the sad fact is most pets don’t live as long as people do. Loving our pets also means we will lose them one day. Learn more about preparing to face the loss of your pet in this section of the Veterinary Wisdom® Resource Center.
- Eight Tips for Making Decisions for Your Pet
- Eight Ways to Face Financial Challenges When Caring for Your Pet
- Nine Questions to Consider When Planning Your Pet’s End-of-Life Care
- Making a Plan to Say Good-bye to Your Pet (Checklist)
- Body Care Options for Your Companion Animal
- Planning a Memorial Event for your Pet
- ClayPaws® Keepsakes Are Comforting Links to Beloved Pets
- When You Know You Will Soon Lose Your Pet
Free eBooks (Download PDF)
Additional Online Resources
Informational videos from Colorado State University’s Flint Animal Care Center about treating Canine Bone Cancer with Limb Amputation. Scroll down to “What if my pet needs to have a limb amputated?”
Veterinary Cancer Society – links to clinical trials and university teaching hospitals offering pet cancer research and treatment, along with articles and other resources.
Tripawds Blog Community – a resource, help center, and community for owners of dogs with amputations, canine osteosarcoma or other cancers.
Pet Hospice Resources
The Argus Institute
Colorado State University’s pioneer program with veterinary student volunteers.
International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care
Nikki Hospice Foundation for Pets
One of the organizers of an annual pet hospice symposium at UC-Davis (California).
Pet Loss Helplines
ASPCA Pet Loss Hotline
Chicago Veterinary Medical Association Pet Loss Helpline
Cornell University Pet Loss Support Line
(staffed by Cornell veterinary students)
University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine C.A.R.E. (Companion Animal Related Emotions) Pet Loss Helpline
(staffed by University of Illinois veterinary students from 1pm-6pm Central Time, Tuesdays and Thursdays. If calling outside these times, leave a message and it will be returned within 24 hours.) 217-244-CARE (2273)
Argus Institute for Families and Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Veterinary Wisdom® Pet Parents Facebook Group