Coping with the Loss of Your Pet

by on November 25th, 2010 at 7:00 am

Losing a pet can be very upsetting, and even shocking. Unfortunately, since animals age quicker than humans, most pet owners will go through the loss of a pet at some point in their lives, but comfortably coping with that loss can be hard to do.

Ask your vet

First and foremost, it is important to ask your vet questions about the condition of your pet. Since the questions are surrounding a distressing subject, it may be in your best interest to write down what you would like to ask your vet so as not to forget anything when in the office. After talking with your vet, weigh all the options he/she may have given you. If medical attention to extend your pet’s life is possible, give some thought as to whether this option is financially viable for you- and always keep your pet’s happiness in mind.

Change their diet

One of the questions you will need to ask your vet is about your pet’s diet. Your vet may want you to feed your pet foods that are easier to digest, or a variety of foods to help prevent weight loss. Pets have a tendency to have an upset stomach when they are not feeling well, and not eating for up to 24 hours is to be expected. Also, the herb Marshmallow has been known to soothe painful and inflamed mucous membranes of the digestive tract.

Make memories

Whichever path you choose, make sure that you continue to make memories with your pet. If you plan to leave your house, even for a short amount of time, take your pet with you. This will reduce any feelings of loneliness or anxiety. In addition, if you have a special place you like to take your pet, make sure you spend as much time there as possible; this will assure your pet how much they are cherished. As bittersweet as it all may feel, take numerous pictures of your pet whether they look well or not; later you will be glad you did.

Allow emotions

Even though the emotions surrounding the loss of your pet can be overwhelming, allowing yourself to be upset about it will help you cope with the loss. Make sure to talk to your family and loved ones about the pain you feel and share with them any sentiments you have about your pet. Don’t let any of the negative attitudes you may hear make you bottle up your emotions; whether or not your loss was a human being or a pet, he or she was still a huge part of your life and will be missed.

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  2. PG

    Dec 9th, 2010

    I am SOOOOOOOOO attached to my boxers – I have two — Kali and Achilles. Kali is 5 and just went into remission from her second type of cancer. I can’t even think of her not being there to greet me at the end of the day!

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