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.
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).
Marty Tousley, CNS-BC, FT, DCC (Distance Credentialed Counselor)
The Argus Institute for Families and Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Online Grief Resources
The First Year of Grief: Help for the Journey by Marty Tousley, CNS-BC, FT, DCC, Distance Credentialed Counselor
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)
Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Support Hotline
Tufts University Pet Loss Support Hotline
(staffed by trained student volunteers)
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Support
Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Support
866-266-8635 or local 509-335-5704
Argus Institute for Families and Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Veterinary Wisdom® Pet Parents Facebook Group