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.
Hospice & Euthanasia
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.
For pet owners who prefer the privacy and comfort of their own homes, we partner with Caring Pathways. 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 the 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.
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 for 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 Guide To Mourning
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. You can find a link to it here.
Susan Hollander, Ph.D.
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 here.
Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
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. You can find a link to their website here.
End-of-Life Care Resources for Pet Parents
Quality of Life Scoring Tools
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Quality of Life Scoring Tools
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