If you have lost a pet, or are talking to a veterinarian about euthanasia, then you know how strong the feelings of grief can be. The loss of a beloved pet of any species - dog, cat, bird, horse and more - can be heartbreaking. Your pet may feel like your best friend, family member, or child. You may feel an intensity of grief that is as strong, and even stronger, than the loss of a close friend or family member. But there is hope: you can find peace while still honoring your love for your pet.
If you are considering euthanasia, click here.
For information on San Francisco Bay Area Pet Loss Support Groups, click here.
Some common issues that can make pet grief difficult include:
What can you do to help with your grief?
People often ask, "What can help me with these intense feelings?" Below are some ideas that other pet owners have found helpful:
When is it helpful to see a therapist about pet loss?
It is normal for the intense grief from pet loss to last weeks or months. If it lasts longer, or if it seems that your feelings are not getting better, you may consider seeking help from a professional therapist. People chose to get help from a therapist for many reasons, including:
Click here for a list of pet loss support groups, books and online resources.