Pet Loss Support

Pet Loss Support

The loss of a pet can be a devastating event. Many of us feel that a pet is a member of the family, and the relationships between people and their pets may be very similar to the bond between a parent and a child – unconditional and unbreakable.

Helping Children Cope

It is a very scary and difficult time for children when any member of their family is ill.  The mention of cancer can cause children to fear the worst and often they feel they cannot voice their fears and emotions to their parents. This is especially true when parents are upset about the condition of the family pet and unsure of what options to pursue.

Following is a list of books that the Humane Society of the United States recommends. These may be helpful in assisting your children with the difficult time ahead:

Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant

Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant

Forever Friends: Resolving Grief after the Loss of a Beloved Animal by Joan Coleman

Saying Goodbye

One of the most difficult times is the last days of your pet’s life. Throughout his or her life, you have been watchful, concerned, and caring.  Now it is about quality and dignity of life.

Quality and dignity are achieved by working as a team with your veterinarian and hospital staff. Their objective is to honor your concerns and wishes and provide you with accurate information to make all necessary decisions. We are also here to provide any assistance needed during this time including hospice care and pain relief.

Grief & Support Resources

Grief is a normal part of loss, regardless if the loved one is a person or a pet. There are many ways to work through the grief process. The loss of an animal, like the loss of a family member or friend, may cause physical and emotional changes that can last for weeks or months. Don’t be afraid to contact pet loss support groups, pet loss hotlines or local specialists who are knowledgeable about loss and receptive to helping people who are grieving a beloved pet.

Following are a list of resources which may be helpful to you:

The Argus Institute

Association for Pet Loss & Bereavement

Cancer Care

Pet Loss Support

In Memory of Pets

Lightening Strike Pet Loss Support

UCDavis Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Hotline

Grief is a normal part of loss, regardless if the loved one is a person or a pet. There are many ways to work through the grief process. The loss of an animal, like the loss of a family member or friend, may cause physical and emotional changes that can last for weeks or months. Don’t be afraid to contact pet loss support groups, pet loss hotlines or local specialists who are knowledgeable about loss and receptive to helping people who are grieving a beloved pet. Following are a list of resources which may be helpful to you:

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