People experiencing the loss of a pet will transition through the same stages of grief that are felt with the loss of any other family member. THIS IS NORMAL. We have all probably heard somebody (probably NOT a pet owner) say something like “it is only a dog/cat,” and we need to realize that those people have yet to experience the fulfillment of a true human/animal bond. One should not feel belittled or guilty about mourning the loss of a pet. For help with this process, there are many resources, including these:
- www.petloss.com – a pet loss grief support site with links to bereavement hotlines
- www.critters.com – create an online pet memorial
AVMA Pet Loss Support Hotlines
- (607) 253-3922 – staffed by Cornell University veterinary students
- (508) 839-7966 – staffed by Tufts University veterinary students
- (888) 478-7574 – staffed by Iowa State University veterinary students
- (877) 394-2273 - staffed by University of Illinois veterinary students.
- (800) 565-1526 – staffed by University of California veterinary students
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call us or contact us via email. As your veterinary hospital, we are here to guide you through all stages of your pet’s life.