Lost a Pet? How to Help Your Other Pets Grieve

By: David Tindall
Monday, March 16, 2020

Losing a pet is difficult for the entire family, including other pets. Unfortunately, many pet owners aren’t aware that their other furry companions also experience a sense of loss and need special attention. At Tindall Funeral Home, we encourage pet owners to indulge in some self-care and pay attention to their other companions as well. Here are some tips that can help you offer comfort and support:

1. Recognize the Signs

While there's no clear evidence that animals experience grief as humans do, there's ample evidence to show they are affected by a loss. Pet owners have seen changes in behavior and even some personality alterations. Here are some signs you should look out for:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Withdrawal and visible despondency
  • Whining or other such noises that indicate distress
  • Changes in personality
  • Changes in bathroom habits
  • Clinginess
  • Hiding and isolation

If you notice these signs, don't ignore them and try to support your pet as much as possible. They rely on structure and the loss of a family member can be distressing because it shakes the foundation of their structure.

2. Offer Comfort and Companionship

Your pet may need your support more than ever, especially when they are feeling the loss keenly. Give them a few cuddles, play with them, and engage them in new activities. The idea is to forge a different connection with them to provide better stability. Pay special attention to them when they seem sad or despondent.

3. Speak with a Veterinarian

If your pet’s behavior is worrying you, speak with your veterinarian for some insight. They may be able to offer suggestions or find ways to help your furry companions recover.

Contact us at Tindall Funeral Home through our online form or call (315) 468-5521 if you want to know about our funeral services and need advice on different services.

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