End of Life Care
A Lifetime of Love – Sources of Support for Pet Loss
Being in the animal emergency industry, it’s unfortunate but true that we are faced often with the challenges of being a part of a pet’s end of life. We are an emergency animal hospital, so we specifically deal with cases that are too serious or occur when your regular vet isn’t available. When faced with the end of your pet’s life, it can be an extremely challenging time for you and your family. Losing a pet is losing a family member, and it never gets any easier, even if it isn’t your first time. Today on the blog we wanted to touch on a few organizations around WNY that offer a helping hand to those who lose their pet.
Here are 3 Sources of Support for Pet Owners dealing with End of Life Care
Lap of Love
Lap of Love is an organized national network of veterinarians and individuals who care to assist in providing counseling and support for those dealing with loss. They do offer courses for families or parents of pets, along with individual personal support sessions and support group options. There are local affiliates who can help.
Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline
Created back in 1989, Cornell University provides volunteers from their veterinary student body that have undergone extensive training with professional grief counselors. As a prestigious Veterinary Medicine college, you can find solace in knowing there are fully trained specialists available to support on Wednesdays from 6-9pm, and Sundays from 4-7pm.
Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
Founded in 1999, the APLB provides a free on-line chat room for bereaved pet parents held 6 times a week. You can see more info by going to their website, but they have Pet Loss Grief Support group Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday from 8pm-10pm and on Sundays from 2pm-4pm. Every first Thursday of each month they also offer an anticipatory grief support group from 8pm-930pm.
Dealing with the loss of a pet is not easy. We know this firsthand as we are the unfortunate last line of defense in many emergency scenarios. We hope this blog helps to provide a source of relief and support for someone out there, and if you ever have any questions about your pet, you know we are always here 24/7 to answer your questions. Remember to stay tuned and follow our Facebook & Instagram for more pet emergency tips and special stories from our hospital!