How A Pets Death Can Affect Other Pets

By: Brian K. Daly
Thursday, August 15, 2019

The loss of a pet is always hard on the family, especially children. It can cause real grief and long-lasting pain. Most families don't realize that the loss of one pet can impact the other as well. At Ocean County Cremation Service, we know that grief can affect every member of the family in different ways. Here’s a look at what you can expect:

1. Animals Are Affected By Grief

All animals experience some form of grief, especially pets like dogs and cats. They are more social and interactive, which means they miss their companions when someone from their social circle is gone. Cats respond because they are sensitive to human mood changes and sense your grief. Dogs respond because they're pack-oriented animals and view all human and non-human members of the family as their 'pack.'

2. Reaction To The Death

Different dogs and cats respond differently to grief. There’s no right or wrong response, but it is a good idea to keep an eye on your other pets during this period. Here are some signs that indicate your pet is grieving too:

  • Poor appetite
  • Changes in mood and behavior
  • Yowling or crying in cats
  • Whining or howling in dogs
  • Changes in personality
  • Pacing and looking for the deceased pet
  • Changes in grooming habits
  • Avoiding other family members

If you see any of these signs, you need to start helping them overcome their grief. Don't reward poor behavior like whining, howling, avoidance, or reduced appetite with comfort and consolation, regardless of how tempting it is. Stay positive and engage your pet whenever they are in a better mood and are behaving well. Give them exersize and challenge their minds.

If you want to know more or want to arrange for a service, contact us at Ocean County Cremation Service today. We’ll be happy to help.

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