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W - What Do I Do Now?

W- Where do you go and what do you do when your pet has died? Whether your pet died unexpectedly or with a planned euthanasia, you often feel numb, and in disbelief immediately after. During this time, it is best not to make any rushed decisions. Where do you go from here? This may vary depending on how your pet died. If it was unexpected, do you want to know how they died? Some Veterinarians can perform an autopsy on your pet if you wish. They may have to send tissue samples off to the laboratory and may not get definitive answers for a few days. If your pet was euthanised at home, you can spend some time reflecting before turning to ‘task mode’. Will you bury them at home? Or organise cremation. Will the cremation company collect them from you? Or would you have to drive them to the vet ? If your pet died at the vet clinic, do you want to take a few minutes before you drive home? Or can someone drive you home? If children or family members were not present when the pet passed, would you prefer a private viewing so they can say their final farewells? Passing Paws has a Garden of Rest where you can light a candle, say a prayer or a poem, and have a cup of tea with your little friend before they are laid to rest. You can also request an inked copy of their paw print, a lock of their hair, a nose print, or for them to be buried or cremated with their favourite blanket or toy. It is an extremely hard time, so be gentle with yourself. Never feel ashamed to ask for help if you need to. 💕

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