Pets grieve like we do. They grieve the absence of a friend or owner. The love between pet and owner is like family. So while we grieve, we must also be aware that our pets can grieve in their own way. Please also review our Pet Loss Grief Counseling Certification. To review the program please click here and see if the program matches your academic and professional needs.
Pets can grieve like us. Please also review our Pet Loss Grief Counseling Program and see if it matches your professional needs
The article, Do Pets Feel Grief? Here’s What To Do If Your Pet Seems Especially Down, by Brandi Neal states
“Pets are a lot like humans, and just like their human counterparts, pets feel grief when they suffer a loss. If your pet is acting differently after a human or animal companion disappears from their life, you might not realize at first that your pet is in mourning. However, a study published in the journal Animals found that pets exhibit specific behaviors when they’re grieving, some of which mimic thefive stages of grief — denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.
“The most common behavioral change recognized and reported by owners was a change in the remaining animals’ affectionate behavior,” the study revealed. “The majority of both dogs (74 percent) and cats (78 percent) displayed a change, with 82 percent of these dogs and 97 percent of cats demanding more affection from, and/or, becoming more clingy/needy toward the owner.”
It’s no secret that the bond between humans and their companion animals is strong, and humans sometimes feel a greater loss after losing a pet than they do after losing a human loved one. For pets, the feeling is mutual, and the grieving process is similar. It’s common for both humans and dogs to lose their appetites while they’re grieving. Additionally, just like people, dogs and cats tend to sleep more than usual after suffering the loss of a human or animal friend.”
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