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When Your Pet Passes On

When Your Pet Passes On

What do I need to know when my pet passes on?

When your pet’s quality of life eventually decreases because of disease or old age, you may be faced with the difficult decision of whether to end your friend’s pain and suffering through the humane termination of life.


Download our When Your Pet Passes On Handout for an in-depth look at this pet help guide and how you can partner with your veterinarian to learn more.


Coping with the Loss of a Dog, Cat, or Other Pet

Banfield makes it a priority to offer preventive care so that your pet lives a long, healthy, happy life. When your dog or cat passes on, we want to be there for you as you say goodbye to your family member. Below and in our handout, you'll find important information about this sensitive subject. 


When your dog or cat’s quality of life decreases due to old age or illnesses, you may have to face the decision as to whether or not to end your friend’s pain and suffering through euthanasia.
During euthanasia, many vets will give your pet a mild tranquilizer for their comfort. They will then give the pet an overdose of an anesthetic drug, so the pet feels no additional pain as he or she falls into a deep sleep and bodily function stops. As a pet owner, you can choose to be there for the procedure.

Farewell Decisions 

When your pet has passes on, you can decide what to do with the remains and how to commemorate his or her life. 

  • Burial Ceremonies: A burial ceremony can help with closure. Some choose to bury their pets at home. Make sure to check your local laws before taking this path. Your veterinarian may be able to recommend a local pet cemetery as another option for burial.
  • Cremation: Cremations are the most common choice. In this case, there are two options: congregate or individual cremation. With individual cremation, the pet’s ashes can be returned to you. This is not an option in congregate, or group cremations. Most veterinarians will work with a cremation facility to make the process easier for mourning owners.
  • Memorial Services for Pets: Owners will often hold pet memorials to give the family a chance to say goodbye and allows people to give to charity in their pet’s name. Several organizations, like the Banfield Charitable Trust, will take donations in your pet’s name. Other common options include donating to your pet’s favorite park or planting a tree in your pet’s name. 

How Banfield Pet Hospital Can Help

If you are facing a difficult decision regarding your pet’s quality of life, or if your pet has passed on, you can contact your local Banfield Pet Hospital to discuss your options regarding procedures and getting through the grieving process.