Coping with the unthinkable

By Connie Orcutt • Published: April 1st, 2017
Category: Animal Airwaves

After hearing your pet has a terminal illness, it’s common to respond with denial, grief and anger. Feeling powerless can be overwhelming. That’s why many folks need some coping strategies.

If you’re having difficulty concentrating, try bringing a friend or family member to veterinary appointments. Consider taking notes during appointments and formulating questions later. You might also ask your veterinarian for reliable sources of information to investigate on your own. Then if you don’t need to make decisions right away, you can discuss your findings and options with your veterinarian and others you trust.

You’ll need to consider the treatment you can reasonably afford and how you can balance your pet’s needs with your other obligations. And don’t forget to take care of yourself so you can be strong for your ailing buddy.