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Ext 1: Surgery Department

  • Veterinary Surgical Group, LLP

Ext 2: Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Oncology

  • Veterinary Medical Specialists of Houston

Ext 3: Ophthalmology

  • Gulf Coast Animal Eye Clinic

Pet Loss

Losing your cherished pet can be a very difficult time in your life. Pets give us unconditional love which is nearly impossible to find elsewhere. Pets are wholly dependent upon us for our care and love. Pets make us laugh, teach us how to love and behave towards others, and listen when nobody else will. These features can make their passing especially difficult. When your pet dies, you will grieve. The length and intensity of your grief will be unique to you. Sometimes, we experience guilt because we are afraid we didn't do enough or had to be the one to make the decision of euthanasia. Sometimes, we are afraid others won't understand why we are so upset over the loss. Sometimes, the loss of a pet triggers memories of the loss of other family members or friends and it becomes a grieving time for all of those we have lost. All of these feelings are normal and can be appreciated by most of us that have lost our furry friends. In the end, all any of us can do is the best we can with our hearts and our resources. The passing of your pet will often create a huge hole in the fabric of your life which only time can mend. It is necessary to acknowledge the importance of that relationship in your life, celebrate the good memories and do the best with the time that is given to us.


How do I know if it is time to euthanize? For our pets, quality of life is everything. We do not want them to suffer needlessly if there is no possible resolution or remission of their problem. If the balance of their life has shifted towards many more "bad" days, then "good" days, euthanasia becomes a consideration. On the other hand, they do not know if there is a bad lab result or diagnosis. It is perfectly reasonable to let them continue happily along, treating as indicated, until the time signs, symptoms or significant behavioral changes occur. Sometimes, the symptoms can be remedied with additional treatments for a time but each situation must be interpreted individually.

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