Pet Talk: Helping our pets cope with loss

Like humans, pets experience a complex array of emotions. The loss of a beloved human or a housemate can be devastating to animals in a household, leading to a period of grief and mourning.

It may be difficult for owners to tell if their pet is in mourning, but Kit Darling, infection control coordinator at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, suggests that when a loss in the family occurs, owners can help their pets cope first by keeping an eye out for physical signs and changes in normal day-to-day activities.

 

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