Coping with Pet Loss
By Dr. Norettte L. Underwood
Losing a beloved family pet is never easy. It can be therapeutic to honor your furry companion by spreading joy to others. Just as your pet brought joy to you. Consider these ideas:
If you have any left over food or treats consider donating them to an animal shelter or rescue group. You might even help them have a food drive in honor of your furry friend. Your veterinarian may help you organize and collect the donations for you.
Plant a tree or bush.
Choose a special spot that your pet liked and plant a tree or a bush in their honor. Not only does this help beautify the area, but every time you walk by you can remember wonderful times you had with your pet.
Give to a charity.
There are many animal rescue or humane society groups that do memorials to your pet with a donation. If your pet dies from a specific disease donate to research in their name.
Make a contribution for future veterinary students.
It is very expensive to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Many veterinary schools have a scholarship fund that accepts donations in honor of a pet. The Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation has a memorial program where all of the donations go to scholarships for Arkansas veterinary students and veterinary technician students. It also helps fund some research.
Bringing a new pet into your home may bring you comfort and fill the void left by your furry friend. They will never take the place of your deceased pet but may help your heart heal. So think about adopting a pet that needs love and a forever home.
If you have questions about how to donate to rescue groups or veterinary education please contact Dr. Norette L. Underwood of Trumann Animal Clinic and Best Friends Vet Mobile Service at firstname.lastname@example.org