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Do Pets Grieve the Loss of Another Pet?

Should Other Pets Be Present During A Euthanasia?

People aren’t the only ones that need to cope with the loss of a pet. Other pets in your home also need to find closure when a fellow companion passes on. At Dr. 4 Pets, we offer in-home pet euthanasia services and end of life care to pet owners in Ventura County (Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Camarillo, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Oxnard, Ventura, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Port Hueneme, and Somis) and San Fernando Valley (Agoura, Calabasas, Woodland Hills, Canoga Park, Tarzana, Reseda, Porter Ranch, Northridge, West Hills, North Hills, Mission Hills, and Sylmar). If one of your animals need to be put down due to sickness or age, we’ll allow your other pets to attend the euthanasia to help them cope with their friend’s passing. Here are a few reasons to have other pets present when putting a sickly or elderly animal to rest.

Helps Your Pet(s) Cope with the Loss

If your pets have been together for a while, chances are, they will instinctively know when one of their own isn’t well. They may gravitate to their sick companion to show support in his time of need. Being with their sick friend during the process of euthanasia can help other pet(s) cope with their loss. Your other pets will be able to sense when their companion has passed, making it easier for them to process that he’s gone.

Helps Your Pet(s) Find Closure

Dogs and cats tend to develop close relationships over time, much like a family. If a member of the family simply disappears, the other pets may have a hard time finding closure. They may become depressed or wander around the house for days searching for their lost friend. Attending the euthanasia gives your pet a chance to say good-bye, which will make the transition of not having his companion around easier to bear.

See Dr. Lorraine Watson for In-Home Pet Euthanasia Services

If your beloved pet is in need for final rest, contact Dr. Lorraine Watson from Dr. 4 Pet at 805-494-3339 for in-home pet euthanasia services and end of life care. For your convenience, we serve residents in Ventura County (Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Camarillo, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Oxnard, Ventura, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Port Hueneme, and Somis) and San Fernando Valley (Agoura, Calabasas, Woodland Hills, Canoga Park, Tarzana, Reseda, Porter Ranch, Northridge, West Hills, North Hills, Mission Hills, and Sylmar.

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