Grieving for the loss of a pet can be a very difficult experience. Life, once filled with the love and friendship of a pet, may suddenly seem very empty.
Feelings of despair, loneliness and even depression are normal but can be overwhelming. There may also be a sense of guilt and self-doubt, particularly when a decision must be taken to euthanase a pet.
These feelings are normal and a testimony to the special bond between people and their pets.
Sometimes it helps to share feelings with someone who knows from personal experience how distressing the loss of a pet can be, and who will listen with understanding and compassion.
The Blue Cross Pet Bereavement Support Service is a confidential telephone and email support service that offers emotional support and information for anyone experiencing the loss of a pet. It also offers practical information on pet loss for friends and family.
You can call them every day from 8.30am – 8.30pm on 0800 096 6606
Or for people who prefer to write about how they are feeling, email email@example.com
As always, if you need to discuss any aspect of your pet’s care, including end of life and loss, please call us on 01531 633141
We have some helpful leaflets available in reception too, including one for helping children cope with the loss of a pet.