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Posted on 08-06-2015

Coping With the Loss of Your Pet?

Emergency Animal Hospital of North West Austin Understands Coping with Pet Loss

Have you recently lost a loved pet? Our North West Austin vet understands that a pet is just like another beloved member of your family. Friends or family without pets may not understand how this loss affects you. We tell everyone it can be just as emotionally intense and the transition period can be just like losing a loved family member. Please know we are here to support you during this difficult time, but also to help you create healthy habits in loving memory of your pet.

How to Grieve the Loss of a Pet in a Healthy Way

Some of us prefer to grieve quietly while other prefers to receive support. When a pet is lost you may experience a wide range of emotions. This might occur from a change in routine if the pet has been a member of the family for a long time or if the pet was a service animal. If this was your children's pet, the loss may be especially challenging for the whole family. For adults we suggest seeking out support groups to help transition. You may find opportunities to help volunteer with pets or simply discuss your experience in a caring, loving environment. It's important to know that feelings of sorrow or depression are normal and nothing to feel guilty about; rather it’s a natural and healthy process to cope with loss.

Because children grieve differently than adults, creating age appropriate memorial activities can be especially helpful for them during this time. Consider gathering photographic memories of your pet, get your family together and help your children create a scrapbook to keep their special pet's memory alive. You may want to include your pet's paw prints, their name tags and pictures. We also know that pet memorial services are often helpful to assist children during this time.

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