Once in a while, life brings us challenges that we are forced to find a way to overcome. Some of these challenges include the grief that is caused when you have a sick pet, worse off when the diagnosis is dire. One gets to experience a number of emotions when one is about to lose a pet that is like family. There are a number of ways that you can use to rise above this and cope when a pet is ill.
The first and most important step in any coping mechanism is to sit back and take a breath. This will let you calm down and give you time to gain perspective on your new found situation. This can also be a good time to find ways to meditate to ensure that you remain rational, even when the situation is dire.
One may also want to write things down. This is the best way to keep up with all of your pet’s requirements at this time of need. It can also be a good way in which you will record any questions that you have for your vet. This is important as it will enable you to make your pet more comfortable at its time of need.
Find a way in which you can seek the support of all those around you. This includes your family and friends. This should also be the time when you engage in discussions with any children or teens that may have had a special bond with the pet. This is intended to prepare them for the inevitable end, in the case of a terminally ill pet. It will also be a good way to find solutions to any concerns they may have.
Take comfort and solace in your pet, treasuring every moment that you still have to share with one another. This is also the time when you make the animal as comfortable as possible. This is dependent on the pets given personality as each is different in terms of what they like and what they may dislike. Reiki is a wonderfully comforting experience for both owner and pet in this tough time. The healing energy can help ease the pet’s physical pain, as well as the owner’s emotional pain from seeing their furry loved one suffering.
Probably the most important piece of advice is that you should remain positive. It may be easy to be overly pessimistic about the situation, especially in cases where you are fearful that your friend may be departing for good. There are different ways to remain positive. One that may be helpful is to put down on paper all that you love about your pet or memories of the happy times you have shared together.
As much as finding out ways to help your pet is important, try to avoid the pieces of advice that will make you more depressed about the situation. This may include different points of view that point to a negative outcome and in some cases seeking treatments for your pet that may not be helpful.
Some of these measures may help you move through the trying times when a pet is sick, terminally ill and/or it has left you. The most important thing to remember is that family and friends will be there to support you and you should find solace in the times you have been together.