Dog bereavement is real, it exists. When a family pet dies it is vital to remember that other family dogs will also be grieving. They will also be struggling to get used to the absence of their pal. And because they’re unable to vocalise that loss you must take care to check for any behavioural changes. Keep an eye on food intake and loss of mobility. Sometimes a shy dog can become very demanding or a normally sociable one can become withdrawn.
It can be a good idea to let the remaining household pets say ‘goodbye’ to their pal. You may want to give them a little time to accept the loss by allowing them to nuzzle the body.
Stages of Pet Grief
We all go through different stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance – and whilst our pets may not show any ‘bargaining’ they will show signs of anger and depression.
Whilst you may not be feeling terribly positive yourself it can be a good idea to play soothing music to lift spirits in a sad household.
Don’t forget to keep yourself nourished so that you can keep caring for your remaining pets. And if you feel ready and feel that it would be helpful you may want to get another them companion. But don’t feel pressurised to do this until you are ready.
Remember grief is the price we pay for love.
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