Pets are more than just a dog or cat, they are family members.
Losing them is difficult, and it is natural and necessary to grieve for the loss of a pet as it is for any loved one who passes. Our friends at the ASPCA provide helpful information on dealing with the death of a pet, including a hotline where pet parents can receive help from the ASPCA Pet Loss Support program.
Additionally, Dr. Marty Becker has some strategies to help pet parents cope with the loss of a beloved companion, and he shares them here in an article on Vetstreet.com.
Here is a very touching story Colleen T. of Cedar City, Utah* shared with us in memory of her beloved pug. Our deepest condolences go out to her.
“My pug, Polly, was the love of my life. She brought me love, loyalty and comfort. Sadly, she was sick a lot and passed away at age 8 because of medical complications. When she died, I was left with an emptiness I cannot describe. Not long after, I unexpectedly bumped into a little male pug that was the spitting image of my Polly. He was able to keep me busy and help me heal.
Meanwhile, the veterinary bills for Polly arrived and I submitted them to ASPCA Pet Health Insurance. How people can afford these bills, I don’t know, but ASPCA Pet Health Insurance came through, and the bills were much less of a burden for me. I’m glad I could count on your help.”
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