Sadly, there may come a time there is nothing that we, or veterinary medicine, can do to heal your beloved friend. If your pet is suffering from a painful medical condition or has a diminished quality of life, you may feel that euthanasia is the best option.
Knowing when to say goodbye to your pet is often one of the most difficult decisions a pet owner will face. Your veterinarian will always be honest and give as much information as he or she possibly can. Your Robinson Animal Hospital family will be with you during this time, keeping both your precious friend as comfortable as possible and always preserve their dignity. Not only do we love and cherish our own pets, we have come to love and cherish your special pet.
In a time of grief, making arrangements can be difficult. We will take care of all of these for you in the same caring and compassionate manner that we always cared for your cherished friend. We will arrange for cremation and an urn, or prepare your pet for burial if that is your wish.
There are times when transporting a pet is difficult or even impossible. Perhaps you might just prefer this to be done in your own home. If this is the situation, we recommend Loving Hands Home Euthanasia. And rest assured that the loving care that you and you pet deserve will be provided, along with making any arrangements that you might need. Unfortunately, in home euthanasia is not a service that Robinson Animal Hospital is personally able to provide.
While this is a sad topic that none of us wish to discuss, please know that your friends at Robinson Animal Hospital will be here for you during this time, should it ever occur.
The Rainbow Bridge
Just this side of heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to the Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together.
…. Author unknown…
This can be an especially difficult and confusing time for children. May we recommend two books that might help children understand.
It is often helpful for children if you read these books as a family so that your children will understand. Then, get some markers and let them decorate some balloons with messages to your beloved family friend and release them together into the sky. On many occasions that has been very helpful for children. And it might prove to be helpful for the parents, who are also grieving but must remain strong for the children.
We will be with you during this difficult time in any manner that we possibly can.