Getting Through the Grief of Pet Loss

griefIt's an unfortunate myth that losing a pet is insignificant compared to losing a person you love. People naturally grieve the loss of anyone they spend so much of their life with, whether human or animal. At a time like this, you don't need people who belittle your very real feelings of grief by saying that your dog, cat, or other pet was just an animal and you shouldn't feel so bad about it. Instead, make it a point to surround yourself with people who understand how much your pet meant to you and how sad you feel now that he or she is gone.

Tips to Cope with Your Loss

You had a unique relationship with your pet, so it's important to honor your feelings after his or her death. If you ignore your feelings, they are likely to come out later in inappropriate ways. Sometimes the intensity of emotions like sadness or anger can overwhelm people, but that's okay. Allow yourself to feel them anyway. Never judge yourself for the way you feel, especially once you have reached the point where memories make you laugh more than cry. This is a good indication that you have come to terms with the loss of your beloved animal companion.

Other people who have recently lost pets can be an enormous source of support for you at this time. The staff at Grantsburg Animal Hospital would be happy to make a recommendation if you find yourself struggling with your grief. The Internet also offers a wealth of resources if you prefer to seek support online rather than in person.

Rituals typically reserved for people, such as a funeral and burial, may help you come to terms with the finality of your pet's death. You may also find it comforting to create a legacy, such as a scrapbook, planting a tree in his or her honor, or donating time and money to pet-related causes. When you feel ready, you may even want to consider adopting a new pet to love.

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Micro Identification: Why Microchip?

 

 
 
 
   
 
Microchipping is an effective way to give your pets extra identification.
 
   
 
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Your pets are one-of-a-kind gems, but what would happen if your precious treasures went missing?
According to The Humane Society of the United States, 5 to 7 million pets enter animal shelters nationwide each year. Some have been abandoned, others are strays and some have lost their way.
Even though you are an experienced and responsible pet parent, your pets could still go missing one day. You never know when something unexpected could happen, so it is always best to be prepared. A microchip won't slip and fall off like collars and tags can. Plus, more identification is always better than less!
Help ensure your pets' safe return home should they ever become lost.
 
   
 
15% OFF MICROCHIPPING through June 2015!
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Grantsburg
Animal Hospital
866 S Pine St
Grantsburg, WI 54840
(715) 463-2536
 
 
 
 
 
Wild River
Veterinary Clinic
140 Evergreen Square SW
Pine City, WI 55063
(320) 629-7474
 
 
 
 
 
Frederic
Veterinary Clinic
1502 300th Ave
Frederic, WI 54837
(715) 327-8128
 

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Dog Bite Prevention

 

 
 
 
   
 
National Dog Bite Prevention Week is May 17-23.
 
   
 
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You may feel certain that your dog will never bite but, given the wrong circumstances, even the mildest-mannered dog can be provoked into biting.
There is no way to guarantee that your dog will never bite someone, but you can significantly reduce the risk. Make sure to socialize your dog so she is familiar with all different types of people and situations. Obedience training can also be helpful.
Since you can't control other people or their pets, always keep an eye on your pooch while out in public. Make sure to supervise your dog, especially when children are around. By being a responsible dog parent, you can do your part to reduce the frequency of dog bites.
Contact us if you need any suggestions for the best ways to train or socialize your pooch.
 
   
 
Click or call (see above) to schedule an appointment TODAY!
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
Grantsburg
Animal Hospital
866 S Pine St
Grantsburg, WI 54840
(715) 463-2536
 
 
 
 
 
Wild River
Veterinary Clinic
140 Evergreen Square SW
Pine City, WI 55063
(320) 629-7474
 
 
 
 
 
Frederic
Veterinary Clinic
1502 300th Ave
Frederic, WI 54837
(715) 327-8128
 

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