Lost A Pet? How To Help Your Other Pets Grieve

By: Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home
Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Losing a beloved pet can be one of the most heartbreaking experiences of our lives. It can also be a difficult time for our other pets who have formed close bonds with the pet that has passed away. When a pet dies and you bury it or cremate it at a pet crematory, the remaining pets in the household can experience grief and sadness, just as humans do.

Tips To Help Your Other Pets Grieve The Loss Of A Pet

Here are some tips from the experts at Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home on how to help your other pets grieve when you lose one pet.

1. Be Honest With Your Pets

Animals are intuitive and can sense when something is not quite right. They may notice that one of their companions is missing, and it's essential, to be honest with them about what has happened. Talk to your pets and tell them that their friend has passed away. This may seem silly, but it can help your pets understand that their friend is not coming back from the pet crematory.

2. Give Your Pets Time To Adjust After You Return From the Pet Crematory

Just like humans, pets need time to grieve and give them the space and time they need to process their emotions. Be patient and understanding as they adjust to life without their companion, as they may need extra attention and affection during this time.

3. Maintain Their Routine

Pets thrive on routine, and maintaining it can help them feel safe and secure during difficult times, so stick to their regular feeding and exercise schedule, and try to keep their environment as stable as possible.

4. Provide Comfort

Pets may feel lonely and sad after the loss of their companion. Giving comfort can help them feel more secure and loved. Spend some extra time cuddling, playing, or grooming your pets. These activities can help them feel more connected to you and provide comfort.

5. Keep Their Favorite Toys And Blankets

Pets can form strong attachments to objects, just like humans do. Keeping their favorite toys and blankets can provide them comfort and familiarity during this difficult time.

6. Consider Getting Another Pet

While getting another pet may not be suitable for everyone, it can be a good option for some families. Introducing a new pet into the household can help provide companionship and distract from losing the previous pet but its best to wait for some time before doing this.

If your pets are showing signs of prolonged grief, such as loss of appetite, lethargy, or aggression, it may be time to seek the help of a veterinarian or animal behaviorist.

For information about a pet crematory in the local area, please call us at (928) 855-4949 or (928) 753-2555. If you prefer to email us, fill out the form below, and one of our Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home team members will respond as soon as possible.

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