The death of a pet may be one of your child’s first experiences with death. As with many first experiences, children need adults to guide and give example. Have discussions with your child about what is happening to your pet as she ages long before the day comes for euthanasia. We recommend that you speak honestly with them about your concerns and hopes. This dialog will help your family start to process the loss and come to an understanding of your values. In a very individual and personal way you can do your part in conditioning our culture to appreciate and understand the grieving process. After discussion give your child the choice to be present or not during euthanasia. They have the right to say how they want to say goodbye.