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  • Owners of dogs who are aging or affected by terminal cancer may wonder what to expect during the process and what signs indicate that a dog is dying. Recognizing these signs is helpful so that dog owners are prepared for euthanasia or hospice care with the help of a veterinarian.

    Signs a Dog Is Dying: What to Expect When Your Dog's Health Declines

    Signs a Dog Is Dying: What to Expect When Your Dog's Health Declines

    by Adrienne Janet Farricelli3

  • Losing a dog leads to a mix of emotions that may be difficult to comprehend at times. Understanding the stages of grief when losing a dog may help the grieving dog owner better understand what is happening to them.

    The Stages of Grief When Losing a Dog

    The Stages of Grief When Losing a Dog

    by Adrienne Janet Farricelli11

  • These sympathy gifts for someone whose cat or dog has just passed away can bring hope and comfort to a friend or loved one coping with pet loss.

    Pet Loss Sympathy Gifts

    Pet Loss Sympathy Gifts

    by Sadie Holloway0

  • Anticipatory grief is the fear of losing a dog. It is often felt when a dog is diagnosed with a terminal condition such as cancer or with aging, geriatric dogs. Preliminarily grieving the loss of a dog doesn't have to be a negative experience, it can be turned into a proactive experience.

    Anticipatory Grief: Pre-Grieving the Loss of Your Dog

    Anticipatory Grief: Pre-Grieving the Loss of Your Dog

    by Adrienne Janet Farricelli4

  • I have read countless articles in the last year about people's pets dying. It is something all pet lovers have to experience and is always a sad time. This article and the poems relate to how I cope.

    When a Pet Dies: How to Cope

    When a Pet Dies: How to Cope

    by John Hansen86

  • Dogs, just like people, mourn the loss of their canine friends and their grief is similar in many ways to human grief. Fortunately, there are several ways to help a grieving dog. These tips can help grieving owners too.

    Ways to Help a Dog Grieving the Loss of Another Dog

    Ways to Help a Dog Grieving the Loss of Another Dog

    by Adrienne Janet Farricelli5

  • You've just found out that your co-worker's pet has died and you want to offer them support. You know how painful pet loss can be. Here are some tips on how to help them cope with the death of their beloved companion and process the grief.

    How to Support a Co-Worker Whose Pet Has Just Died

    How to Support a Co-Worker Whose Pet Has Just Died

    by Sally Hayes0

  • When a friend's pet dies, it can be devastating for them. Here are some simple messages you can use in a card, a text message, or on the phone. Show someone you care when they are grieving.

    Sympathy Messages for the Loss of a Pet

    Sympathy Messages for the Loss of a Pet

    by Mary Wickison15

  • If your beloved pet has passed away at home, or if you've put him to sleep at the veterinarian's office but can't face the idea of leaving the body behind, you're going to need to bury him yourself. As a child, I'd buried hamsters and gerbils, but...

    How to Bury a Beloved Pet

    How to Bury a Beloved Pet

    by Isabella Snow119

  • Saying goodbye to a pet is part of loving them. The grief is real, but as with any loss, the right song can play a role in getting through it. Here are some songs to help.

    Songs About Dogs for When You Lose Your Dog

    Songs About Dogs for When You Lose Your Dog

    by Ruth Coffee3

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