For those who have never owned a pet, grieving over an animal may sound silly.
It’s not. There are people that think of pets as just animals. They will tell you to “get over it” or “it’s a dog, get a new one.”
But it is completely normal to feel grief over loss of a pet; it is not something to be ashamed of, I still grieve for my Sucki.
Lots of pet owners view their animals as their four-legged children.
These animals sleep on our beds, go on family holidays, and are full-fledged members of the family.
It is normal to grieve for them as we do for people.
Grief is expected and is going to happen.
After the loss of a pet people wonder when it’s appropriate to get another pet.
I tell them, ‘When you want a new pet, then that is the time to go get one.’
There is no time limit, no period of grief where you shouldn’t own a pet.
Bringing a new pet into your home does not mean that you didn’t love the one you just lost.
Resources are available for pet owners who feel alone during this difficult time.
Talking to your veterinarian is a good place to start.
He or she can lend an ear and also point you in the direction of help.
Friends and relatives are there for support too.
There are books on the subject offer comfort.