Pet Loss: What You Need To Know About Grief

03/25/2012 11:15 am ET | Updated Mar 26, 2012

By Vetstreet

Grief is a natural reaction to the loss of a cat or dog. It's hard to know how to cope with losing a four-legged member of your family, but knowing what to expect when the time comes can help you get through this painful and heartbreaking period.

Read on to find out how to help children handle their grief, what decisions you should make before your pet passes away and how vets deal with animal death.

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