In the field of pet loss grief, we normally always focus on the loss the owner feels. What happens when the pet loses their owner or a fellow pet? Can they feel remorse, grief and sadness too? Experts say that dogs can experience grief. They also experience plenty of other emotions as well. Just ask the owner of a possessive pooch who hordes their toys! Getting back to grief, dogs express their grief by sleeping more, being less energetic, not eating, and not wanting to play as much. For more on this subject please review below:
By Maryann Mott
From Health Day via Yahoo News
The Opposite Side of Pet Loss Grief: Do Pets Grieve?
Grief is one of the basic emotions dogs experience, just like people, said Dr. Sophia Yin, a San Francisco-based veterinarian and applied animal behaviorist. Dogs also feel fear, happiness, sadness, anger, as well as possessiveness.
Dogs who mourn may show similar signs to when they’re separated for long periods of time from the individual they’re bonded to, she said. Of those signs, depression is the most common, in which dogs usually sleep more than normal, move slower, eat less and don’t play as much.
For the full article please go here.
Pet loss grief for pets? You might need to help them as well through a difficult time. Maybe the neighbor’s pet just passed away? If your dog starts showing these signs then now you will know why.
For more information on pet loss grief counseling programs please visit our website.