Grieving and bereavement over the loss of a dog, whether through death or enforced separation, can be a very sad and painful experience. Life, once filled with the love and friendship of a dog, may suddenly seem very empty.
Feelings of despair, loneliness and even depression can be overwhelming. There may also be a strong sense of guilt and self-doubt, particularly when a decision has been made to euthanise a dog.
These feelings are normal and a testimony to the special bond between people and their pets. Unfortunately, not everybody understands this grief, and it can be a very lonely experience for many people.
Research has shown that more than a third of animal lovers are so affected by grief after the loss of their dog that they still mourn more than a year later.
Support is available from Isabelle Vets, both within our surgery or by telephone.
Confidential support is provided by members of our reception team.
Contact us by telephone on (01481) 723863 or pop in for a quiet word.