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Coping with the loss of a pet

Wednesday, November 3, 2010
posted by Jim Murphy

child-dogLosing a pet is one of the most devastating  times in our lives. For most of us, our pets are not just animals. They are special beings who occupy a special place in our hearts. When one of our pets die, something also dies within us.  Pet owners may need to have their grief affirmed as with the loss of a loved one.  Pet sympathy cards are now widely available.  Some veterinary colleges now have hot lines where a  pet owner who has just suffered a loss can be heard. Most of the hot line volunteers are veterinary students who receive special training in grief counseling.  If you have a child who is trying to deal with the death of a pet, you could really help them cope by talking to them about their loss.  Share some of those precious memories like taking his pet for long walks in the park or playing a game of fetch with his favorite dog toy. It will really help and of course time will heal.  Don’t rush out to find a replacement for your pet but rather wait and give yourself a chance to grieve. The time will come when you will welcome a new pet with the same love and affection that you gave to the one that you just lost.

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