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.
- Eight Tips for Making Decisions for Your Pet
- Eight Ways to Face Financial Challenges When Caring for Your Pet
- Nine Questions to Consider When Planning Your Pet’s End-of-Life Care
- Making a Plan to Say Good-bye to Your Pet (Checklist)
- Body Care Options for Your Companion Animal
- Planning a Memorial Event for your Pet
- ClayPaws® Keepsakes Are Comforting Links to Beloved Pets
- When You Know You Will Soon Lose Your Pet
Free eBooks (Download PDF)
Additional Online Resources
Information from Colorado State University’s Flint Animal Care Center about treatment options for cancer in pets.
Veterinary Cancer Society – links to clinical trials and university teaching hospitals offering pet cancer research and treatment, along with articles and other resources.
Tripawds Blog Community – a resource, help center, and community for owners of dogs with amputations, canine osteosarcoma or other cancers.
Pet Hospice Resources
The Argus Institute
Colorado State University’s pioneer program with veterinary student volunteers.
International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care
Nikki Hospice Foundation for Pets
One of the organizers of an annual pet hospice symposium at UC-Davis (California).
Marty Tousley, CNS-BC, FT, DCC (Distance Credentialed Counselor)
The Argus Institute for Families and Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Online Pet Loss 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
Chicago Veterinary Medical Association Pet Loss Helpline
Cornell University Pet Loss Support Line
(staffed by Cornell veterinary students, Wednesdays 6-9pm EST; Sundays 12-3pm EST)
Tufts University Pet Loss Support Hotline
6-9 EST Mon-Fri; 24 hour voicemail (staffed by trained student volunteers)
Argus Institute for Families and Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital
970-297-1242 (leave a voicemail and someone will return your call)
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, self-harm, or harming others, call 1-800-273-8255 or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Join our Pet Parent Facebook Group
- Capture the Love ClayPaws Gift Kits
- Large Capture the Love ClayPaws Gift Kits
- ClayPaws HoofPrint Kit
- Paw Print Urns
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 6/8/2021