EPISODE 142 | RELEASED November 22, 2021

Euthanasia for Dogs During the Holidays: Why You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty | Molly Jacobson and Kate Basedow

Anecdotally, vet professionals note an increase in euthanasias during the holiday season. Having to make this decision can make a joyful time very stressful.


Losing a beloved dog is always hard, but it can be even more heartbreaking during the holiday season.

But while we as humans put a lot of value in specific dates and times, our dogs do not. Your dog will not mind if you celebrate a favorite holiday with him a few weeks early because his health is failing – after all, every day spent with you is a holiday to him.

You are not alone if you have had to say goodbye to a dear pet during the holiday season. The short, cold days take their toll on sick and elderly dogs, and the bustle of the holidays can be stressful. Money may also not be as plentiful as other times between heating bills and gift giving.

Allow yourself the time you need to grieve, but also give yourself permission to enjoy the parts of the holidays that you enjoy. Share memories of your dog with close friends and family, and consider a thoughtful remembrance gift if a loved one has lost his or her pet.

Links & Resources Mentioned in Today’s Show:

Dog Cancer Support Group

How to Be There for Your Dog at the End with Lori Levine

The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity by Dr. Demian Dressler and Dr. Susan Ettinger

Custom Pet Oil Paintings

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