How to Cope with the Loss of a Pet

by Brandon on January 22, 2015

Its never easy to say goodbye to someone you love, especially a family member. The same is true & just as heartbreaking when its a beloved family pet & fur kid with whom you share a unique bond. If you are like many pet parents & owners you probably carry a mug shot of your pet in your wallet, celebrate their birthday or confide in your dog or cat. When asked if you have children you happily say “Yes, the four-legged furry kind”.

You see, pets are important members of the family and have the gift of giving us incredible joy, unconditional love & companionship. So, its only natural to feel a sense of lose or sadness when they are gone. It can be difficult to imagine our lives without our furry family member by our side wagging their tails & sitting at the door waiting for our arrival. Here are some tips to help you better cope with the loss.

1. Acknowledge that your pet’s death is a huge, sad event. Don’t downplay it, or shrug it off. Grieving a pets death is a process that can take months.

2. Accept that you may never totally get over your pet loss. You’ll always remember your pet.

3. Give yourself permission to grieve – it’s not “just a pet.” Coping with pet loss involves the whole grief process.

4. Experience and express feelings of sadness, anger, or guilt about the pet loss. Grieving a pet death involves tears, anger, and sometimes even fear.

5. Talk to others who can empathize – surround yourself with people who understand pet loss. Grieving a pet death is about getting support, like any grief process.

6. Talk to your friend and family about coping with pet loss. Grieving a pet death involves open communication.

7. Be patient. Give yourself time to grieve a pet death. The grief process takes as long as necessary.

8. Seek Support-Losing a pet is never easy, and you don’t have  to go through it alone. Join a pet loss support group, especially if you feel depressed or extremely angry. Grieving a pet death may be easier with others who understand pet loss. The ASPCA has a Pet loss support & Bereavement group that can help you cope with the following:

  • Assistance with the decision to euthanize.
  • Comfort and support at the time of euthanasia.
  • Help with grieving the loss.
  • Advice on dealing with children, the elderly or disabled individuals who are facing a death of a companion animal.
  • Helping the surviving animals in the household to cope.
  • Assistance in establishing a relationship with a new pet.

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How to Stop your Dog from Barking

by Brandon on January 15, 2015

It must be an unwritten rule somewhere that all dogs love to bark, because it seems like they really do!

Well it’s a perfectly natural thing for your dog to do, just as it’s normal for us humans to speak. But sometimes you would like your dog to turn down the volume a bit, and use their library voice. Unfortunately, you can’t push a mute button on your remote to stop the incessant chronic barking mad pup. If you live in a neighborhood of dogs then you can definitely relate to this scenario . If one dog starts barking then the rest of the dog block join in with their own serenade & acapella.

Does your your dog bark nonstop or barks at anything & everything? Then you are probably in need of some help. We have some helpful tips to that will help stop your dog from barking.

The first step is to realize why your dog maybe barking. Here are a few reasons:

Home alone: A dog left alone or confined for long periods without supervision is likely to bark because he feels anxious or sad and is afraid the owner may not return.

Who’s the pack leader? Your dog may bark excessively for your attention because you unintentionally trained him to do so. One “woof” and you open the door to let him out. Another and you let him in. A polite bark is rewarded with a treat. A loud one brings praise for alerting you to stranger danger. Dogs are just trying to figure out what you want.

Play time yet? Lack of exercise can easily result in a dog that has pent-up energy and barks out of frustration. A well-exercised, happy dog is more likely to sleep when you’re not there.

What’s the remedy?

So now that you know a few reasons why dogs bark; here are a fews ways to help them to stop barking.

Playtime!!! Dogs that spend most of their time in the backyard or in the house probably need an exercise outlet. Even if your yard is large, dashing around it in circles is not the equivalent of exercise and interaction. Take your dog for a long walk, or head to the park for a change of scenery and a game of fetch.

Doggy, I’m Home! Bring your dog into the house when you’re home. It’s important that he feels he’s part of the family and is loved. Develop a relationship with him through play and fun.

My buddy and me. Dogs are social creatures. Take your dog to the same park daily or weekly and let him make doggy friends. Dogs romping around together tire easily and sleep soundly.

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