Pet Loss 2018-08-16T21:55:21+00:00
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    Is it time?

    Knowing when the time is right can be a difficult choice. There are many factors that go into deciding to euthanize a pet, and it is a personal issue that differs from pet owner to pet owner. But every pet owner is inevitably faced with making that tough decision, and we want to be there alongside you to aid in any way we can. If you are unsure of whether it is time, please call us and ask to speak with our veterinary team. We will be able to ask the right questions and help you understand what to look for.

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    Love, Always

    Saying goodbye to your pet can be extremely difficult, and the process can be emotionally and mentally draining. We don’t want you to be alone at the end stages of a pet’s life, and we promise to do everything we can to make it easier on you and your pet. Most of all, we promise to treat each case with compassionate and understanding care.

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    Your Process

    If you have special requests, please let us know and we will be sure to accommodate them. Dealing with the end of a pet’s life is never easy, but we want to do whatever we can to make the process less difficult. Please call us to learn more about our hospice and euthanasia services.

In Home Care

For pet owners who prefer the privacy and comfort of their own home, we partner with Caring Pathways.

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Caring Pathways Hospice Care

Caring Pathways serves pets needing in-home palliative or hospice care, or who are ready to make a peaceful end of life transition. Caring Pathways is available 24/7/365 to the owners of dogs and cats in Denver Metro area and beyond.

Please visit www.caringpathways.com or call Caring Pathways at (720)287-2553 to discuss your pet’s unique situation. Caring Pathways is available to answer your questions and serve you and your pet with compassionate care and kindness.

This service is an opportunity for us to observe and learn about your pet and evaluate their condition as well as their home environment. Caring Pathways will help answer the questions you have regarding choices in planning for your pet’s comfort, be it in-home palliative/hospice care or in-home pet euthanasia.

Palliative/hospice care is an option which may allow you to have more time with your pet, anywhere from a few days to several months. Caring Pathways will help you keep them comfortable and as pain-free as possible. Caring Pathways will teach you how to perform most of your pet’s care in your home according their special needs. The gift of in-home palliative and hospice care and bridging the span between a diagnosis of a terminal condition and euthanasia can be rewarding and can strengthen your bond with your pet.

Caring Pathways will help you with this very difficult decision by offering our expertise and support every step of the way:

  • Our Client relations team is available to answer your questions over the phone to the the best of their ability, knowing that in-home visit is the best way for us to evaluate your pet and help guide you in your decisions
  • Caring Pathways will come to your home when you need us
  • Caring Pathways will discuss all aspects of the procedure so you know what to expect
  • Caring Pathways will respectfully allow you, your family; and animal companions time to spend with your pet after the procedure

Ultimately, Caring Pathways believes that there should be no pain in the last moments of life and the medication administered during the procedure that will allow your beloved pet to pass peacefully and quietly.

Helping You Grieve

Losing a pet can be just as difficult as saying goodbye to a member of our human families. At Loving Family Animal Hospital we understand this, and all of our hearts go out to you during this difficult time. Please know that we are here to support you.

As our beloved companions near the end of their lives and our love and attention are focused on them, we can begin to neglect our own wellbeing and need for personal support. We would like to provide you with resources that may help you begin your own journey of healing and growth during this time of transition.

With all of our love,

Loving Family Animal Hospital

A book is available by nationally renowned grief specialist Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. entitled When Your Pet Dies: A Guide to Mourning, Remembering, and Healing. This book offers advice on processing grief and the difficult decisions we face upon losing a pet.

Susan Hollander is a psychotherapist with 33 years of experience. She offers a unique combination of empathy, education, and her personal experiences of pet loss. If you feel caught in the grieving process, or that others are not understanding how you feel about losing your pet, consider contacting Dr. Hollander at 303.220.8400. She is available for in-person, phone, or Skype sessions.

The Human Animal Bond Trust (HABT) in Denver is a non-profit organization which exists to serve those who are anticipating or experiencing the loss of an animal companion. To meet the needs of those faced with animal loss, HABT provides the help of professional grief counselors through Denver Pet Loss Support Group. You can find out more about the support groups offered on their website.

The APLB is the only organization in the world offering extensive free advice for grief. They pride themselves on being available to anyone experiencing bereavement for a beloved pet.

This is a free, walk-in pet loss group. Its meetings are held every Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:00pm in the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation & Petaid Colorado, located at 191 Yuma Street Denver, CO. They can be reached by phone at 303.318.0447.

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