Pets are wonderful, loving additions to the family. Whether it is a cat, dog, or other zoological species, having a nonhuman member in the house brings unconditional joy to their two-legged companions. Most owners tend to get more than one pet, so they can keep each other company.
If there is more than one pooch living in the house, it is inevitable that at some point, one will die before the other. While many humans do not like to think about the time when they will lose their beloved fur friend, it is a natural part of life.
Grieving the loss of a pet is a difficult and individual process. But while the people are wiping away the tears, their other animals in the home are possibly grieving too. According to studies, 60% of dogs and cats feel the emotional pain of losing their mate.
Canines and felines mourn differently than their people parents. After the death of another member of the family, the owners might notice that their surviving animals are eating less or not at all, crying or making other unusual sounds more frequently, are wanting more attention, and have different sleep patterns or locations.
Going through the stages of grief takes time. Pet owners can help their furry friends deal with the loss by acknowledging the emotions being shown. Other steps humans can take to help their remaining fur mate get over the loss of their room mate include:
Ignore Bad Behaviors
When mourning the loss, the other pups might cry more or make other vocalizations more frequently. While it seems cruel to ignore the saddened mood, the reality is that if the owner gives attention or treats every time the doggie whimpers, they might come to expect the extra pets after a while.
Keep a Routine
It is important to develop a routine with the pet. Canines are creatures that do best when they have a steady and reliable daily schedule. While the routine will change, it is still essential that a new and consistent regular agenda be established and kept.
Watch for Changes in Eating
Loss of appetite is natural when dealing with heartbreak. While the surviving furballs will eat less or miss a meal during the initial stages of loss, if it continues, the human should take their four-legged companion to a vet for a check up.
Give Them Something to Look Forward To
By treating them to something that stimulates their senses, it will help with the mourning process. A new toy or activity is a great way to take the pet’s mind off their grief.
Change in Dynamics
For homes with multiple kitties and doggies, the people might notice that the surviving animals are establishing new roles in the residence. The vacancy will change the kingdom’s order, so the other breeds will re-establish their place in the home.
Never Ignore Pets
Loss of a family member is difficult for everyone. Ignoring the other canines will create more behavioural issues. Pooches are social breeds that need attention. If they are not given that love and affection, they might start acting out.
Loss of a pet is difficult for both humans and the other animals in the home. Acknowledging the grief and working through the mourning process will help all family members get through the difficult time.
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