The years slip away and before we know it our beloved pet has moved into their senior years.
Old age is not a disease.
There is no cure.
We all have an expiration date.
I've made mistakes #3 and #4 in the past. But not anymore.
2. Don't get a new pet before they go. With only a few exceptions, older pets do not like changes to their routine. A new pet is often a bit much for them to handle and most prefer to spend their 'twilight time' with you. This "twilight time" is what I refer to as the time before pet transitions or leaves this Earth and their physical body behind. This is a sacred time and they will cherish as much of your love and attention that you can bestow upon them.
3. Don't stress over your pet or make their illness or health issues #1 in your life. Illness and injury are signs of weakness in the animal kingdom and your pets want to be perceived as 'happy, healthy and whole' at all times. If you focus only on their failing health you can actually make it more difficult for your pet to feel good about themselves before they go.
4. Don't become overly emotional when the day comes to say goodbye. Too much of any emotion will be hard for your pet to take in their compromised state. Stay calm and create a gentle space where they can leave their body the same way they arrived...with dignity.
5. Don't leave them alone in the room when the veterinarian injects the life-ending drug. Stay with your pet no matter how hard it is. They need you more than ever at that final moment and if you leave they will stress out and try to find you. You are the most important person in the world to them and you need to be with your pet.
and share all your precious memories with them. Ask your departed loved ones to greet them.
Celebrate the time you shared and honor the love and companionship they have provided.
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