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Pet Bereavement (in memory of Glen)

Feb 27, 2023

Pet Bereavement (in memory of Glen)

I received the really sad news yesterday from a previous client that one of their dogs had passed away and I'll be honest, even though I didn't work with Glen I had a wee tear in my eye when I heard.

I was asked how their surviving dog would process the loss of its friend the best course of action to take so I thought this would make a good blog to write for other with the same concerns.

Losing a companion dog has been and will always be one of the most difficult things I will ever have to process. As humans, depending on our age and life experiences have learned to manage this loss, we can also talk to family, friends, or a pet bereavement counsellor. There are even support groups online or in person for pet owners who have experienced a loss.

So we all accept that its very tough for us but what if you have a surviving dog(s), how do they cope with this sudden loss?

Every dog is unique and may respond differently to the loss of a companion. Be patient and understanding with your surviving dog and provide them with the extra love and attention they need during this difficult time but it’s also good to keep in mind that you should allow your dog to grieve. 

Just like humans, dogs can also grieve the loss of a companion. Give your dog time and space to mourn and be there for them when they need you.

Try also to keep your dog's routine as normal as possible.  Dogs thrive on routine, so try to maintain your dog's regular schedule for feeding, exercise, and playtime as much as possible. This will give your dog a sense of stability and security during a difficult time.

Your surviving dog may need extra attention and affection from you during this time. Spend more time playing with them, cuddling with them, and providing lots of positive interaction.

Dogs can become depressed or anxious after losing a companion, just like humans. Watch for signs like loss of appetite, lethargy, or changes in behaviour, and seek help from a vet or behaviourist if needed.

They need our support as much as we need theirs, work through this difficult time together and you’ll both get there.