Pets become an essential part of our lives even more so than any family member or friend. They greet us when we have had a rough day, console us when we need love, and play with us when we need to blow off some steam. And they do this in the purest way possible for they forgive easily and love unconditionally. We do not have to worry about them judging us or rejecting us. That is why when their short life comes to an end, it can hit us harder than we think.
The average cat or dog lives between 10-14 years old, some longer if we are lucky, which is only a portion of our own lives. Other pets leave us much too early, but each time we must make a difficult decision to let them go.
When we see our fury friend suffering, whether in old age or if they are in pain from disease or injury, it is up to us to relieve them. But, how do we know when it is time? And are we just prolonging the inevitable because we do not want to go through the grief of losing them?
If you have been through this before, you will see in your pet’s eyes that they no longer have the energy and personality they once had when in good health. Sometimes this is more evident in some pets than in others, like when they can no longer walk, or they start to lose control of their bodily functions.
Do not let yourself hang on too long as you will lose the chance to truly say goodbye to the same pet you love so much. Be with them in the end for comfort and to show that they are still safe. Pets understand more than we know, so they will appreciate relief from the pain. This can be your final act of love to them.
Once they are gone, hold onto their memory through photos and times shared together. It will be a tough period, but slowly you will learn to cherish the moments together instead of regretting their loss. And in time, another perfect pet will find their way to your doorstep.