And Grief Counseling Resources

Dealing with the loss of a pet is difficult. Making the decision to say goodbye to a beloved pet is difficult and emotional for any pet owner. Veterinarians are often asked to help pet owners with heart-breaking decisions about euthanasia. The decision-making process, bringing your pet to the veterinarian, and dealing with the grief and sadness following the loss of your pet can be just as traumatic as losing a human family member. Intense grief over the loss of a pet is normal and natural. Losing a pet is difficult for every family member, including other pets.

There are many questions that come up about euthanasia and end of life choices.

Click here for answers to the questions below and to other more commonly asked questions about the end of life decisions of our four-footed family members.

What is euthanasia?

Will my pet feel pain during the process?

Can my veterinarian help me decide when to let go?

There are decisions to be made after euthanasia as well.  We offer cremation services and we invite those of you who would like more information to contact us. Our hope is that you will find the resources, tools, and caring support offered at Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital® helpful as you work through this difficult time.

Below you will find some helpful websites that offer information on grief counseling.  Although we do not specifically endorse any of these organizations, and this is not an inclusive list, it is a means to begin your online search for more grief counseling for you and your family.

America Society Prevention and Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

Support Page (

Houston SPCA

The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement

Here are some phone numbers you may call to speak with someone for support in dealing with the these difficulties:

  1. (713) 869-7722 ext. 138   The Houston SPCA Support Group
  2. (877) 474-3310    ASPCA Hotline
  3. (888) 332-7738  IAMS Support Center

Books for Adults:

When Your Pet Dies:  A Guide to Mourning, Remembering and Healing – Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

Grieving the Death of a Pet – Betty J. Carmack

Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet – Moira Anderson Allen, M. Ed.

A Final Act of Caring:  Ending the Life of an Animal Friend – Herb and Mary Montgomery

Pet Loss:  A Thoughtful Guide for Adults and Children – Herbert A. Neiburg, Ph. D.