Help Is Available When Facing the Difficult End-of-life Decision for Your Horse

Help Is Available When Facing the Difficult End-of-life Decision for Your Horse | SLO Horse News

Who is there to help you, as the horse owner, when it’s time to make the end-of-life decision for your horse? Facing and making the tough end-of-life decision regarding the life of your beloved equine is not what anyone looks forward to. Sometimes the situation or time forces the decision, and sometimes we as the horse owner have to weigh the options and decide what is best. The end of life decision is never easy.  Yet, there is a caring and informed team who will walk with you along the “goodbye path”.

“We understand what they are going through,” says Bonnie Andrews, who is part of the Client Services team at Eden Memorial Pet Care. The team does what is best for the animal and then supports the owner who is wondering, “How am I going to get through this?”

Facing and End-of-Life Decision for Your Horse

Facing an end-of-life decision with any animal is hard, but especially hard with horses as they can live a long time. “We’re there with emotional care while treating the animal with honor and decency,” assures Bonnie. Most of the time the actual end-of-life event is not planned, but as situations progress it becomes clear that a plan needs to be set. “However sometimes the horse passes in the night BEFORE the vet comes,” expressed Bonnie. In any case the situation is difficult and a plan for removal and processing of the body needs to come into play. This is where Eden Memorial Pet Care excels.

“I know what to expect. I stand by the owner’s side and watch as the horse is put down and our team takes the horse away,” explains Bonnie as she describes the support role she plays for the owner in the horse’s end-of-life moment. “I stay with the owner(s) through the process, help with filling out the paperwork and focus on getting the pet back to them and helping them move on.”

Understanding the Emotional Bond

Bonnie knows the emotional bond a human can develop with a beloved pet of any kind. She owned horses for many years and was the full-time caregiver for them. Since Bonnie recently lost her own special dog, Leo, the knowledge of what an animal owner goes through is quite fresh in her heart.

“It’s very important to be there through the whole process because it’s hard to lose a special horse or any animal. The hardest part is handing the horse off to start the process. We understand what the owner is going through, whether it’s a horse, a cat, a dog, a hamster or any pet. The first question is what is best for the animal, then we help the client get through the process. That’s what we do here.”

“I try to be there for emotional support and make it easy for the owner to let go,” explains Bonnie as she describes her role. “It’s very important to be there through the whole process because it’s hard to lose a special horse or any animal. The hardest part is handing the horse off to start the process. We understand what the owner is going through, whether it’s a horse, a cat, a dog, a hamster or any pet. The first question is what is best for the animal, then we help the client get through the process. That’s what we do here.”

Bonnie Wears Many Hats in Life

Because her days are spent working a different full-time job, her role at Eden Memorial Pet Care takes place after her regular work hours, often by appointment, which can happen on lunch breaks and on the weekends. She loves being a part of the Eden Memorial Pet Care team and is so glad there is a cremation option available to pet owners on the Central Coast.

Paso Robles has been Bonnie’s home for the past 40 years. Working the two jobs takes most of her available time, yet she still finds time to enjoy a motorcycle ride with her boyfriend on the weekend and playing with her four-year-old grandson.

One day she hopes to get another dog and it will probably be a Lab as Labrador is her favorite breed. Just like she tells the Eden Memorial Pet Care clients, “There is another one out there waiting for you.” Knowing that will help all of us move on from the difficult time of facing an end-of-life decision for a horse or any other animal.

 

Former Pony Clubber, Eventer and Dressage rider who balanced training and showing with getting a college degree (from Cal Poly SLO), becoming a wife and raising a family.

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