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Dealing with a family pet that is unwell

For many people and households, a pet is an important part of the family. That means that major decisions are made about and for the pet on a daily basis. When you consider the amount of joy, happiness and life lessons that can be enjoyed with a pet, it is understandable that so many people care deeply for them.

There are often difficult decisions to make with pets and a lot of this is down to the communication issue. While there are often tell-tale signs that a pet is ill or is in discomfort, it is only after having them examined by a vet that a pet owner can get a true appraisal of how the pet is feeling. There will sadly be times when a pet is in so much pain that the kindest option is to have them euthanized, but there are often tough decisions to be made when medical solutions are available to help a pet recover.

When dealing with a pet’s illness, it is not only important to make the best possible decision for the animal; there is also a need to manage a youngster’s emotions and understanding of the pet’s wellbeing. A pet is a fantastic addition to a young family because it helps children to develop emotional attachments while also providing them with responsibility. This helps a child’s own development, however, if a pet falls ill, it is understandable that children may be extremely upset about its health and condition.

It can be difficult for children to comprehend a pet’s illness or its passing

It is important that parents manage this time carefully and help their child to understand, without making them unhappier or unsettled. A parent will need to consider the emotional age and understanding of a child before they go into great detail. It can be hard enough for adults to take on board certain things in life so you can see why children would have a tough time.

If it is in the best interests for the pet to be allowed to pass on peacefully, or if they have passed away, broaching the subject of death with a child can be difficult. It is important to focus on the happy times the child enjoyed with the pet, and of the need to remember their animal friend for years to come.

This is why providing a pet with a proper send-off is not only fitting for the pet; it can help youngsters understand the grieving process and to take comfort in remembering the family pet. This is why pet cremation is an option worth considering because it creates a platform for remembering the animal and the remains can be kept in a safe place so there is always a strong link with what was an integral part of the family.

A pet can bring great joy to a family while also providing children with an understanding of taking responsibility, friendship and a greater understanding of the world. This is why dealing with a pet’s illness is a difficult yet important task, and if a pet does die, it is important to honor its life in the correct manner.

 

Author: Robin Gupta