Loss of a Companion

The death of a four-legged member of the family is a traumatic and emotional time. It's not uncommon for people to be as overcome by grief at the loss of a canine companion as a human one. Chatting with others can help a lot in the healing process. Plant a tree in the garden as a special tribute, or make a scrap book of all the special times. Drop in at your local vet clinic and talk with the staff about your loss. Veterinary staff have a lot of experience with end of life and can be a great source of comfort. Pawclub can even put you in touch with a qualified veterinarian who will willingly help you with your loss by email if you prefer. 

Dogs often mourn the loss of a companion dog. He or she may become depressed and quiet and less interactive with you. Mourning dogs have even been known to stop eating. Their grief can last a few days or sometimes even weeks, depending on how close they were to their friend. Help them by leaving the other dog's belongings like bedding, food bowls or toys in place for a time. Their familiar smells can help. As can encouraging your dog to interact with you. Take them on their favourite walks. Offer them their favourite foods, treats or chews and encourage them to play with their toys. Your vet or a qualified veterinary behaviourist may also be able to help with pheromone products and more. Visit http://www.deltasociety.com.au/behaviourists.

This varies for every individual, but be careful not to rush into getting another dog unless you feel you are ready yourself. Don't forget that you're not just missing any dog. You're missing one very special dog. If you get another dog too soon it may create comparisons, when in fact the new dog has a totally different (but delightful) personality and temperament.

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