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Anticipatory Grief

Posted by Last Wishes In-Home Pet Hospice & Euthanasia on February 1, 2016 in Making the right decision

Anticipatory Grief:  Fearing The Loss Of A Beloved Pet Contributing Author: Jennifer A. Rames   It seems like yesterday you brought home your new furry bundle of joy. They have been by your side through the rollercoaster of life, comforting you though trials and tribulations, being the listening ear as you work through difficult decisions, and celebrating your joys and excitements. Now, you have been told the ride is coming to an end and nothing can be done to stop the hands of time. This last stretch of track is the process of preparing to say goodbye to not only your pet but...

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“One Last Christmas” – Making Decisions For Your Ailing Pet:

Posted by Last Wishes In-Home Pet Hospice & Euthanasia on November 28, 2015 in Making the right decision

Is It Fair To Make Them Wait? Contributed by staff member Jennifer Rames   It is that time of year again, there is a crispness in the air as plans to join family and friends are being made to share in the joy and cheer of the holidays.  For many, this is also a time of reflection on how quickly time is passing. The pitter-patter of a child can still be heard running through the house, but they now belong to our grandchildren rather than our children.  The adorable puppy or kitten received as a holiday gift with the exclamation of it being “The best gift...

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Choosing Humane Euthanasia

Posted by Last Wishes In-Home Pet Hospice & Euthanasia on October 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

When Do I Become Willing to Start my Own Suffering to End Theirs? A Guide for Pet Owners in Choosing Humane Euthanasia Coming to the decision to euthanize a beloved ailing pet can be very difficult.  Pets are now considered by most as part of their family.  I have two cats and two dogs myself, and I would be heartbroken if I lost any of them to an illness.  They each represent a different personality, and each fit into “the pack” in their own way.  One day, the time will come when I will be faced with making the decision of whether...

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Preparing for Pet Loss

Posted by Last Wishes In-Home Pet Hospice & Euthanasia on October 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

Part of what I do as a hospice veterinarian is to help clients prepare for the loss of their beloved pet.  This is a very confusing time for many pet owners.  The news that their pet has a terminal illness is often unexpected and overwhelming.  In order to cope with bad news, some people choose to deny it, some become fixated on or obsess about their pet’s illness and give up living their own lives, and some start their grieving prior to the death in anticipation of the loss. I cannot stress the importance of preparing for the loss of a...

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When should I get a new pet?

Posted by Last Wishes In-Home Pet Hospice & Euthanasia on September 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

Lilly owned a pet boutique downtown. She took her golden retriever, Hank, to work with her every day so he could greet and socialize with her customers. After 9 years together, Hank was diagnosed with end-stage lymphoma, and Lilly made the brave decision to end his suffering after he became ill. Almost a year after Hank’s passing, Lilly said, “Sometimes I think I’m ready to get another dog, but then I feel like it would be an act of disloyalty to let another dog take Hank’s place.” Like Lilly, many people don’t know if or when to get another pet. The...

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Pain, Suffering, and Quality of Life in Companion Animals

Posted by Last Wishes In-Home Pet Hospice & Euthanasia on August 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

Here's an article I wrote for September 2013 Houston PetTalk: Pete’s beloved Irish Setter, Sasha, was first diagnosed with osteoarthritis of her hips and lower spine four years ago. Despite being on medications for her condition, Pete noticed a couple of months ago that Sasha started having trouble getting up and down on her own. Now, Sasha can barely rise without assistance, she refuses to go up the stairs, and she no longer gets excited when Pete grabs the leash to take her for a walk. Pete adores Sasha and doesn’t want to lose her, but he also doesn’t want her...

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