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Who can I talk to if I need help throughout the grieving process? What resources are available online?

OVC Pet Trust describes why seeking support throughout the grieving process is important. Many people have found comfort in talking to a skilled clinical counsellor, calling a pet loss support group, talking to family or friends or reading books about coping with the loss of a pet.

Please see the Resources section for more help.

https://ovc.uoguelph.ca/pettrust/petlossresources
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You came into my heart one day, so beautiful and smart,
My dear and sweet companion, I loved you from the start.
And though I knew the time would come when we would have to part,
You will never be forgotten, you left paw prints on my heart.
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Other pets at home will feel a loss just like people do. Here are 5 tips to help your surviving pets adapt to the loss of their buddy.

1. Ignore unwanted behaviour and reinforce positive behaviour.
2. Keep your routine as similar as possible.
3. Expect a change in social order.
4. Keep your pet busy.
5. Try to bond with the surviving pet to decrease their grief.

Sarkis, S. A. (2014, June 24). 10 Tips for Helping Your Grieving Pet, Psychology Today.
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Thank you, Mike and Barb for your letter and for sharing a picture of Katie. It was truly my pleasure meeting such a kind, sweet soul.

Dr. Goldie,

What you did for Barbara, myself and Katie was absolutely outstanding. When we had to call that Thursday afternoon a week ago, Barb and I were beside ourselves and in such deep state of despair over having to put Katie to sleep. Your calm, soothing voice and immediate understanding of our concern for our beautiful Katie was just what we needed. The fact that you were able to come to our home on such short notice, never having heard of us before, was amazing. You took a huge weight off our shoulders which helped ease our fears and uncertainty.

Your gentleness, kindness and patience with Katie helped to keep her calm (she loved the treats you gave her) and reassured us that we were making the right decision on her behalf. As heartbreaking as that was for us. The extra personal touch of making a model of her paw print was truly appreciated. Very kind, very thoughtful. The time you took to explain about Pets Above services and your procedure for transporting Katie to them then returning her to us was so professional and comforting.

Thank you, once again.

Kindest, warm wishes,
Barb and Mike Kerrigan
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Grieving for your pet can make you think "I wish I... or I should have... or if only I..."

Remind yourself of all the times you showed your pet how much you loved them. Walks in the park, cuddling at night, giving them their favourite food or treats and hugs - all the million things that meant so much.
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Doug says "I knew it would be rough when she died, but I had no idea…I was a total wreck. I cried for days. I couldn’t get any work done." Psychologist Guy Winch explains how to handle grief after a pet’s death. Social support is a crucial ingredient in recovering from grief of all kinds.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-we-need-to-take-pet-loss-seriously/
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How do I know when it is time? This is a very difficult question, and the answer is different for each person and pet.

Use the Quality of Life Scale - HHHHHMM Scale. It explains how to assess your pet in 7 categories.
https://pawspice.com/clients/17611/documents/QualityofLifeScale.pdf

Also, use an app like 'Grey Muzzle' to keep track of whether your pet is having a good day or bad day. This will show you if the bad days are beginning to outnumber the good days.

Be sure to contact me to discuss. I can help assist you in the decision-making.

#greymuzzle iphone/ipad App
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grey-muzzle/id1071363012?mt=8

#greymuzzle Android App https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=sgsdt.greymuzzle&hl=en
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Treasuring your time with your pet

1. Give them extra attention by petting, grooming and holding them.
2. Make them special meals to eat.
3. Go on a special trip or walk.

Find ways to celebrate and appreciate the positive moments.
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OVC Pet Trust explains that guilt is one of the most common emotions people experience when trying to decide to euthanize their pet. You may find yourself thinking continuously about what you perceive you could have, should have, or would have done to prevent or postpone the situation.

Here are some suggestions for coping with guilt on page 7 of "A Guide for Pet Owners Coping with the Loss of a Pet" ♥
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5 Reasons why we love our pets so much

1. They know how to cheer you up when you’re feeling down.
2. They’ve seen you in the oddest situations, and they still think you're ok.
3. They’re always happy to see you.
4. They love you more than they love themselves.
5. Even when they’re at their worst, you can’t help but love them.
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