Pets are an important part of our lives. An estimated 70% of American households have at least one pet, and these animals bring us countless joy in our everyday lives. It’s common to hear people say that their pets have helped them get through a difficult time. Pets are companions that we hold near and dear to our hearts, so when we lose them, it’s understandably a devastating experience.
Grieving for a pet is incredibly challenging, and the process looks different for everyone. If you recently lost your pet, Blue Lake Animal Hospital provides advice to help you through this difficult time.
When a pet passes away, you may feel like something is missing. The companion that always greeted you at the door when you came home is no longer here. Unfortunately, it’s common to feel a lack of support after a pet’s death since others may not always understand your feelings. But a pet isn’t “just a dog” or “just a cat.” They provide unconditional love and support, add a routine to our lives and even give us a sense of meaning.
Recognizing that feeling and accepting your grief is a very important step of the healing process. Allow yourself to feel whatever you are experiencing rather than telling yourself to get over it. By acknowledging your emotions, you are giving yourself the space needed to take a step back and cope with those feelings.
First and foremost, grieving is an individual experience. For some, the emotions come in waves, and others in peaks and valleys. Special dates may trigger feelings more strongly, and in general, the feelings may become less intense as time continues to pass.
Grief of any kind can be tough to manage, and that’s included when you are sad over losing a pet. Below are a few tips for getting through this time:
Everyone copes with grief differently, so don’t be afraid to try different methods to see what works for you.
If you’ve recently lost a pet, know that the way you’re feeling won’t continue indefinitely. Grieving is a long process, and our team at Blue Lake Animal Hospital understands how large of a burden it can place on you. Call our office today.
Prevention is key to supporting your pet’s ongoing health. We devise an individualized strategy to keep your pet healthy and happy.
We perform standard and specialized surgeries to address your pet’s health concerns, including spays, tumor removal, orthopedic surgeries, and more.
Vaccinations are an important part of preventing communicative diseases. Keep your pet up-to-date on their vaccinations right at our office.
Dental health is essential to your pet’s overall wellness. Our dental services cover all of your pet’s oral health needs, from tooth extraction to cleaning.
Year-round heartworm prevention is key to keeping your pet healthy. We provide FDA-approved treatments to prevent infection.
Fleas and ticks aren’t just a nuisance: they pose a serious threat to your pet’s health. Protect your pet with preventative medicine.
Pocket pets have unique health needs. Our team addresses your pet’s health issues and develops a strategy, so they feel like their energetic self.
We provide comprehensive reproductive care for pets, including artificial insemination, neonatal care, fertility exams, and more.
Rely on us when your pet needs urgent care. We know emergencies are stressful, so we treat urgent health concerns with the utmost care.
Managing your pet’s medical needs is easy when you use our online pharmacy. Renew your pet’s prescription and purchase FDA-approved medication right from the comfort of your home. If you have any questions, contact us to speak with a trusted veterinarian.
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