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Pet Loss: What You Need To Know About Grief

First Posted: 03/25/2012 11:15 am   Updated: 03/26/2012 10:06 am

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.

When The Diagnosis Is Terminal
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When your pet is diagnosed with a terminal illness, your first instinct might be to turn to your friends for comfort. While your friends might offer their support, you don't want to overburden or upset them.

There are alternative ways to navigate through this difficult time, such as creating a support website to share with loved ones. It's also important to remember that other people love your pet, too, and might feel uncomfortable or awkward when they see you without your pet.

More from Vetstreet:
Knowing When to Say Goodbye to Your Pet
How to Help Children Cope With Pet Loss
Actor's Death Puts a Spotlight on Breed Bans


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