“When you love pets, you know that a loved one can be any being that shares your life and your heart, and that love knows no species boundaries.”

You and your pet

Pets can bring a special presence into the life of you and your family. They provide a loving connection and a way to share our deepest emotions without the need for words. They are our ‘welcome home’ at the end of a hard day, our link to other pet owners and a part of our daily routine. We go through so much with our pets that they become woven into the fabric of our lives. It is therefore natural that when we lose such a valued friend it will cause us deep pain, no matter what the species of animal - dog, cat, bird, horse or rabbit.

Grieving your Loss

It is normal to feel grief when you lose a pet but sometimes family and friends do not fully understand and you may not be given the support people usually have when a person close to them dies. You might even be seen as odd or crazy for expressing grief for an animal companion. This reaction can add to the pain and trying to hide your emotions and get on with normal life may be difficult. You might also be feeling doubt and guilt over the decision you made to put your pet ‘to sleep’ - especially if you did not have time and support prior to making this decision.

How to cope with your loss:

There are a number of things that you can do to help you cope with the loss of your animal companion.

  • Accept that the pain of this grief is normal and allow yourself time to feel sadness, anger, guilt or whatever it is you need to feel.
  • Share your emotions with someone who will understand – a friend, family, other pet owners or veterinary staff.
  •  You may wish to bury your pet’s body or scatter their cremated remains in a special place. Having a ceremony can be a helpful way to mark how much your pet has meant to you.
  • Keep a memory box full of favourite toys and keepsakes. Record special memories - You can also put a photo and story on a memorial website for animals.
  • It is important to look after yourself when you are grieving. Try to take regular exercise and eat well-balanced meals. Rest is important and if your sleep is disturbed try winding down with a warm, milky drink or soothing music. Set up new routines to replace those you had with your pet e.g. change the time and location of walks. Avoid making any big decisions and seek the company of supportive family and friends.

Breaking news to Children

It can be difficult to break the news to children that a pet is very ill or has died. Although we may want to protect them they have a need to grieve and a right to know what has happened. This may also be their first experience of death and if it is handled well it can provide valuable learning for coping with future loss. When breaking the news to children try to be as honest as possible, using words that they will understand. Encourage them to remember the happy times you shared with your pet and to record these memories through photos, drawings, poems, etc.

When should I get another pet?It is up to each person or family to decide

whether or not to get another pet. Some people choose to do this immediately, while others need time before they can make room in their hearts for a new relationship.


Here at Arra Veterinary Clinic we are proud of our commitment to the care of you animals. We provide reliable, consistent one to one care for all our clients.

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