Losing a beloved pet is extremely difficult. It is a HUGE loss yet what makes it most challenging is that life around the loss seems to carry on as normal. This is SO hard for someone who has lost a pet because they start feeling like their grief isn’t normal when in fact, it is, and it’s important to acknowledge that. Here’s what you can do to help a friend who has lost a pet:
Booties!!! Slow positive reinforcement is key to success! Take it Week by Week with these actions followed by a few treats and praise
Week 1: show your pet the booties daily immediately followed by a treat
Week 2: tap booties to their paws then treat
Week 3: put one bootie on and give treats and praise for one minute then remove
Week 4: put all booties on and give treats and praise for 5 minutes
Week 5: put all booties on and give treats praise and take outside: play distract have fun!
Jackets: in the picture you can see my little chiweenie’s parka. She will not poop without it! So if you have an older pet, they may have trouble with real cold temperatures. Please purchase a warm winter coat for them to do they duty in and get extra points if it’s stylish!!!
Walk outside with them: My girl will stop dead in her tracks if her paws get to cold and will make me pick her up! Make sure your older pet isn’t getting stuck outside or slipping on any ice. Watch them closely because even though they may not have had trouble when they were younger, they may find some as they get older and their joints become stiffer.
Warm up afterwards with a nice heated throw blanket or just a large hug!
A note on road salt: Winter sidewalk/road salt can dry out and crack your pet’s paws. So try to find a “pet friendly” salt like Morton’s “Safe-T-Pet” salt or make sure to wash their paws after their walks.
These few tips will make the winter friendly and warmer for both you and your pet!!!
There is no magic formula that will tell you if it’s time to choose to put your beloved pet down. For most families, this decision falls in the grey area and causes a lot of agonizing stress. Here are my top 5 tools that I have used over the years to help pet owners look at their pet’s quality of life.
1. Talk openly with your vet! We are here to help you through this. We know the disease or diseases your pet has and we know in general what you could expect. It is our job to help you through this process. Unleashed with Grace offers Quality of Life phone calls for only $50 for 30 minutes to help guide you through this tough decision. You do not have to make this decision alone!
Chances are if you are reading this, you are facing this difficult decision. Do not be afraid to reach out, we are here to help...you are not alone.