COMPASSIONATE TOOLS you can incorporate into your practice
IF THIS CANDLE IS LIT: This is a document that when placed next to an LED candle, will inform those in the waiting room that a euthanasia is being performed and thus help reduce the amount of noise in the clinic during this delicate time.
"If this candle is lit, someone is saying goodbye to their beloved pet.
We ask that you speak softly and with respect during this difficult time.
Thank you for your patience and kindness."
Ink Paw Print or Nose Print
This is a very simple, inexpensive and thoughtful procedure you can do to show your pet families how much you cared for their beloved pet.
Ink pad OR Calligraphy ink and a paint brush OR a bingo marker.
After euthanasia, for a paw print, trim the hair and nails on a back paw preferably (as it contains less hair)
if doing a paw print (vs. a nose print), wipe paw with alcohol first. This will allow it to absorb more ink and remove dirt.
Place paw or nose on ink pad, paint with calligraphy ink or use a bingo and press onto one or more pieces of card stock (or textured paper). For the nose print, rock the nose on the paper.
make more than one print for each child in the family or for members that were not able to be there.
The name of the pet and date can then be added to the piece(s) of paper and now you've created a lasting memory for the pets family! You can then send the paw print along with the sympathy card*.
*We have learned that it is important that a sympathy card is sent within 3-5 days of the euthanasia. The reasons for this are:
This helps the pets family realize how much we really do care.
Healing may have started and receiving a card a week or two later can bring back unwanted memories from the euthanasia.
WAYS TO HONOR YOUR PET
HORSE TAIL AND MANE KEEPSAKES
For families that have lost their equine companion, you can cherish their memory by trimming the tail or mane hair, washing it and then braiding it with a ribbon.
-picture courtesy of The Argus Institute, Colorado State University