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Helping Your Pet Via Alternative Medicine

Helping Your Pet Via Alternative Medicine

Helping Your Pet With Alternative Medicines Helping your pet overcome an illness via alternative and holistic ways is becoming more the norm. Holly Hudson of WCFcourier.com writes about alternative medication for pets in her article, “Alternative Medicine For Animals Gain Momentum” As Boomer, a 3-year-old Greater Swiss Mountain dog, enters the colorfully painted lobby of Pawsitive Pet Care she is in good spirits, excited even, to be visiting her vet. Less than two weeks ago, Boomer was having trouble walking. She was uncoordinated and dragging her paws. To read the entire article, click here If you are interested in Pet

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Knowing When One’s Pet is suffering

Knowing When One’s Pet is suffering

Is Your Pet Suffering? One of the most painful and grieving things is to see one’s pet suffer.  It is important as good pet owners to notice when our pet is suffering or in pain.  Below is an article with various tips about keeping a better eye on our pets and their physical well being. Arden Moore from Foxnews.com writes about a variety of important tips for our pet’s physical well being in her article,  ”When Your Pet’s in Pain”. You hear your cat’s cry of pain or see your aging dog limp to the food dish,  and your heart hurts. Witnessing pets in pain can leave

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Pet Loss Grief Counseling Is Important

Pet Loss Grief Counseling Is Important

Why is Pet Loss Grief Counseling Important?       Pet Loss Grief Counseling is important because it caters to a disenfranchised group of grievers.  How many lose a pet but their grief is dismissed as inconsequential or not important because it did not involve a death of a friend or family  member?  Noone’s grief should ever be dismissed but accepted and recognized. The reality is many people need help in overcoming the sorrows of losing a pet.  Children, the elderly, and pet lovers all need guidance when they lose a life long friend.  For some, a pet is all they have or ever tasted

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Pets Grieve

Pets Grieve

Pets Grieve the Loss of Other Pets In previous blogs we discussed the impact the loss of another pet can have on the surviving pet.  In this short blog, Jennifer Melvin, instructor for the Pet Loss Grief Program at AIHCP lists a few things to look out for in the surviving pet.   A dog’s reaction to the loss of a loved one, whether that be two legged or four, can be heartbreaking to watch. You may see the dog wandering around the house, sleeping in places it used to spend time with its companion or being “down”.  It is

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It’s Raining Cats and Dogs! Pet Counseling Advice for the Multi Pet Home

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs! Pet Counseling Advice for the Multi Pet Home

Cats and Dogs Together? Pet Counseling Advice Tom is always chased by Butch, isn’t he?  The reality is that the old myth of dogs chasing cats is not always true.  In fact, if introductions are made correctly between dog and cat, they can co-exist.  It is always best for kittens and puppies to grow together but if not, there still are chances, depending on the pet’s attitude of allowing the lamb to lie with the lion. Jennifer Melvin, instructor for AIHCP’s Pet Grief Counseling Program has these words for those with a multi species pet home. It is understood that genetics and personality

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Pet Grief Counseling With “Putting a Pet Down”

Pet Grief Counseling With “Putting a Pet Down”

Pet Grief Counseling: Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend One of the hardest things to accept for a pet owner is when to say goodbye to an old friend who is suffering.  It saddens one to see a pet they raised become crippled and suffering in their old age.  As the pet grows older and gray hairs emerge, the anxiety arises that one is a day closer to “putting down” one’s pet.   Memories of the young pup or kitten that used to jump and down are far gone and replaced with the imagery of an old man who would rather sleep.  These signs help prepare us for the

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Pet Grief Counseling on Run Away Pets

Pet Grief Counseling on Run Away Pets

Unresolved Grief and a Runaway Pet     Pet Grief Counseling :  The pain of not knowing is a grief that forbids closure.  It is experienced by parents who lose their children via kidnapping, or families who lose brothers on the battle field never to be found.  This ambigious or unresolved type of grief restricts closure because there is always the haunting question of ”what if”.  While the “what if” of reunion is always there, there is also the painful “what if” of what happened. This type of pain is also associated with a runaway pet and the anxiety it can cause an owner.  Jennifer Melvin, instructor for

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How to Deal with Pet Loss Grief

How to Deal with Pet Loss Grief

Let us face it there are far more pet owners out there than ever before. A lot of these pet owners do not consider themselves as owners of a pet, but rather a parent to their pet. They consider their pet a child or even just a member of their family. With these kinds of attachments it has become imperative to treat pet loss grief. The grief a pet owner experiences after having lost a pet can become very serious. It is important that every pet owner get the proper help they need should they feel trapped in the grief

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Bereavement and Pet Loss

Bereavement and Pet Loss

Pet Loss and Attachment The grief associated with a loss of pet can be great. Unfortunately, many people dismiss this loss as insignificant compared to loss of family or friends. The reality is the bond and attachment between a pet and owner can be just as intense. The blind eye of society to the severe suffering caused by the loss of a pet especially to children and the elderly is something that has begun to change with the more thorough study of grief. Attachment to a pet is something that is now seen as gravely important in anyone’s inter-relationships. In

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Loss of a Pet: Elderly and Pets

Loss of a Pet: Elderly and Pets

Elderly and Pets In many cases, the loss of a pet can be an extraordinary pain for an elderly person.  This is especially for elderly who have lost many family members and their spouse.  In many cases, the pet was probably the last attachment they had in the world. The loss of a pet in these cases needs to be treated more seriously.  Counselors need to pay special attention to the elderly.  Without something or someone to care for, the elderly can fall into depression or lose the will to live. If the elderly person is healthy enough, a new pet