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Resources for Those Grieving the Loss of a Pet

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It is becoming more and more socially acceptable not only to treat our pets as members of our families, but to also openly grieve when that fated day arrives and we lose a beloved pet. If we're lucky, we're surrounded by loved ones who are also pet lovers and understand the depth and pain of losing a pet.

As surprising as it may sound, studies show that people often have a more difficult time dealing with the loss of a pet, than with the loss of a human family member. This starts to make sense when you consider the degree of unconditional love that we receive from our pets, the fact that they are there to greet us at the end of every day, and that for many people, their pets are the primary companion in their lives. This is especially true in the elderly community.

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Do Pets Grieve?

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Dear Dr. Florez, I will give you a quick synopsis of my cats. They are moggies (cats) both aged 12-1/2 years. Gentle (a misnomer) has been with me since she was one month and Lotto since he was three months. He is very furry and overweight and she is short haired and small. When she was about two we discovered a fatty liver and she was put onto RD and I fed him too as he was already plump. They ate it for years but he did not lose weight!

After a few years they got a bit fed up so they went onto a food called Obesity. Not impressed so I put them onto Royal Canin indoor much to the disgust of my vet. Slight exaggeration. Any case she is small weighs about five kilo and acts like a six month old during her mad half hour.

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