Do pets grieve? From my experience as a pet parent and an animal communicator, I say yes pets grieve.
What does it mean to grieve?
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of grieve is:
- To cause to suffer: DISTRESS it grieves me to see him this way
- To feel or show grief over grieving the death of her son
Maybe you saw these signs in your pet. I have.
When do pets grieve? Pets grieve when:
- A family member is suddenly gone for an extended period of time. Examples: camp, business trips, vacation, college, unusual schedule changes, hospitalization, etc.
- The family isn’t able to keep her and takes her to a rescue.
- A family doesn’t train their dog and abandons him.
- Her pet parent is not healthy enough to care for her, goes to a nursing home, or sadly dies.
- One family pet is suddenly gone and remaining pet is confused and stressed.
As an animal communicator, I’ve talked to many cats, dogs, and other animals that were very upset because their best friend is gone.
One client’s dog spent over a week at vet hospital. When I spoke to Buddy, his best friend, his first words to me were “Is Murphy dead?” I explained Murphy had a serious illness and surgery. Buddy accepted this and understood when Murphy was coming home. Buddy started eating again and stopped showing signs of stress.
Recently a cat, Miller, was very ill and spent over a week at the vet’s clinic. Unfortunately he crossed The Rainbow Bridge before coming home. His pet parent realized his other cat, Jackson, was grieving too. Gary asked me to talk with Jackson.
Immediately Jackson said: “Where is Miller? I can’t find Miller. I think something happened … Where is Miller?” I explained Miller was very sick and crossed The Rainbow Bridge. Immediately Miller said, “Thank you for telling me.”
How to help your grieving pet
- Tell your pet what is happening.
- Have someone check in with the remaining pet.
- Ease the emotions of fear and concern with Bach Rescue® Remedy – both of you can use it!
- If possible, spend more time with your pet.
- Schedule an animal communication with me and learn what your pets want you to know.
Remember I’m here to help you and your pet at any stage of life.