Help with the Loss of a Pet

Losing a pet can be incredibly difficult. Trying to decide if and when euthenasia is the best choice for your pet can be even more difficult. We have rats for pets, which have short lives and get cancer if you look at them funny. But they can thrive and be happy even with tumors as big as they are. So at what point are they in pain? My vet is fantastic at giving us advice and tips on what to look for - both signs of them enjoying life and signs that they have become too ill and in pain to have a good quality of live.

But not everyone has that sort of advice available. This is where the ASPCA pet loss page is a huge help. They have two FAQs as well as a page dedicated to advice on how families can cope with the loss of their pet. And they have a pet loss hotline which offers:

Assistance with the decision to euthanize.
Comfort and support at the time of euthanasia.
Help with grieving the loss.
Advice on dealing with children, the elderly or disabled individuals who are facing a death of a companion animal.
Helping the surviving animals in the household to cope.
Assistance in establishing a relationship with a new pet.

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-loss

Note: an alert reader wrote in to let me know that this link is no longer functioning. However this link should help you as it has lots of good information, including the hotline info. http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/end-life-care