Is your pet grieving the death of another pet? You can help them get through it.
- Don’t rush anything. Allow your pet to grieve in a healthy way, without pushing them in a certain direction. Wait a bit before you start throwing out or giving away blankets, toys, and other possessions that belonged to the deceased. Give your pet a few months to process the loss before you adopt another pet. Why? Puppies and kittens have a lot of energy, for example, and this can cause extra stress for your pet.
- Monitor their behavior closely. They might sleep at strange times (or not at all). They might have trouble eating. They might wander around the house and call out for their lost friend. They might avoid contact with you and everyone else. Just like humans, animals suffer when their loved ones go away, too. Pay attention to your pet and know when you should call the vet. If things take a turn for the worse, you can’t wait for the problem to go away on its own.
- Keep their daily routine going. If they get their meals or go for walks at certain times, stick to what you established. Try to maintain normalcy.
- Interact, but don’t force. Wait for your pet to come to you when they’re ready. They don’t want to run around the yard or sample that new bag of treats? Don’t make them do it. At the same time, don’t neglect your pet and distance yourself from them because of your own grieving process. They might be sad and aloof, but they still need you. When the agony becomes unbearable, reach out to friends and family and/or join a pet loss support group. You don’t have to deal with it alone.
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