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You love and care for your pets with all your heart. Yet, the sad fact is most pets don't live as long as people do. Loving our pets also means we will lose them one day. Learn more about preparing to face the loss of your pet in this section of the Veterinary Wisdom® Resource Center.

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Free eBooks (Download PDF)

Recommended Books

 

Additional Online Resources

Informational videos from Colorado State University's Flint Animal Care Center about treating Canine Bone Cancer with Limb Amputation. Scroll down to "What if my pet needs to have a limb amputated?"

www.csuanimalcancercenter.org/frequently-asked-questions

Veterinary Cancer Society - links to clinical trials and university teaching hospitals offering pet cancer research and treatment, along with articles and other resources.

www.vetcancersociety.org/

Tripawds Blog Community - a resource, help center, and community for owners of dogs with amputations, canine osteosarcoma or other cancers.

www.tripawds.com/

 

Pet Hospice Resources

The Argus Institute
www.argusinstitute.colostate.edu/pethospice.htm
Colorado State University's pioneer program with veterinary student volunteers.

 

IAAHPC
www.iaahpc.org/
International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care

 

Nikki Hospice Foundation for Pets
www.pethospice.org
One of the organizers of an annual pet hospice symposium at UC-Davis (California).

Counselors

Marty Tousley, CNS-BC, FT, DCC  (Distance Credentialed Counselor)
GriefHealing.com
TousleyM@aol.com

The Argus Institute for Families and Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital
ArgusInstitute.colostate.edu
argus@colostate.edu

Online Grief Resources

Grief Healing: Useful information on caregiving, grief and transition - for anyone coping with loss. Marty Tousley, CNS-BC, FT, DCC, Distance Credentialed Counselor

Pet Loss Helplines

ASPCA Pet Loss Hotline
877-474-3310

www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/end-life-care

Chicago Veterinary Medical Association Pet Loss Helpline
630-325-1600

www.chicagovma.org/pet-loss-support/

Cornell University Pet Loss Support Line
(staffed by Cornell veterinary students)
607-253-3932

www.vet.cornell.edu/about-us/outreach/pet-loss-support-hotline

University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine C.A.R.E. (Companion Animal Related Emotions) Pet Loss Helpline
(staffed by University of Illinois veterinary students from 1pm-6pm Central Time, Tuesdays and Thursdays. If calling outside these times, leave a message and it will be returned within 24 hours.) 
217-244-CARE (2273)

vetmed.illinois.edu/animal-care/care-pet-loss-helpline

Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Support Hotline
517-432-2696

cvm.msu.edu/hospital/services/pet-loss-support

Tufts University Pet Loss Support Hotline
(staffed by trained student volunteers)
508-839-7966

vet.tufts.edu/petloss/

Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Support
866-266-8635 or local 509-335-5704

www.vetmed.wsu.edu/PLHl/

Argus Institute for Families and Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital
970-297-1242

csu-cvmbs.colostate.edu/vth/diagnostic-and-support/argus/Pages/default.aspx

 

Other Resources

Veterinary Wisdom® Pet Parents Facebook Group
www.facebook.com/groups/petparentswisdom/

 

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While World by the Tail, Inc. does our best to screen and offer counselors and resources of the highest quality and standards, we do not endorse or accept responsibility for the individuals or organizations listed here. The use of internet or telephone pet loss support resources are not intended to replace consults with local physicians, veterinarians, or qualified mental health professionals.

**These resources are updated frequently. We check to be sure the numbers and links we provide you with are the most current we can. If you find that a link or a number does not work, please let us know so we can correct it! --Last updated 8/5/2019