Coping with Losing your Dog

In our blog this week we are going to discuss the sensitive topic of losing your beloved canine friend. Though not an easy topic to touch on, as pet owners committed to your animals for life, it is a heart breaking, yet inevitable hurdle you must cross at some stage so we take a look and share our tips and advice on how to cope in this difficult situation.

Firstly we would like to highlight that given the intense bond most of us share with our animals, it is absolutely natural to feel devastated by feelings of grief and sadness when a pet dies. Our dogs are beloved members of the family and, when they die, you are likely to feel a significant, traumatic loss. While some people may not understand the depth of feeling you had for your pet, you should never feel guilty or ashamed about grieving for an animal friend.

Grieving the loss of your pet is a personal and highly individual experience. Some people find grief comes in stages, where they experience different feelings such as denial, anger, guilt, depression, and eventually acceptance and resolution. Others find that grief is more cyclical, coming in waves, or a series of highs and lows. For some still, even years after a loss, a sight, a sound, or a special anniversary can spark memories that trigger a strong sense of grief. Remember the grieving process can't be forced or hurried and there is no set or 'normal timeframe' to feel better after the loss of a canine friend. 

Scientific Nutritional Product's Top Tips for Coping with the Loss of your Dog.

1.) Don’t let anyone tell you how to feel, and don’t tell yourself how to feel either. Your grief is your own, and no one else can tell you when it’s time to “move on” or “get over it.” Let yourself feel whatever you feel without embarrassment or judgment.

2.) Seek help if you need it. If your grief is meaning you are struggling to cope, make sure you talk to a friend, family member or a professional.

3.) Create a legacy or a tribute for your dog. Planting a tree in memory of the dog you have lost, compiling a photo album or sharing the memories you enjoyed with your him can create a legacy to celebrate the life of your animal companion. Remembering the fun and love you shared with your pet can help you make peace with the loss.

4.) Look after yourself. The stress of losing a pet can quickly deplete your energy and emotional reserves. Looking after your physical and emotional needs will help you get through this difficult time. Eat a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, and exercise regularly to release endorphins and help boost your mood.

5.) If you have other pets, try to maintain your normal routine. Surviving dogs can also very much experience the feelings of loss when another pet dies, or they may be distressed by your sorrow. Maintaining their daily routines, or even increasing exercise and play times, will not only benefit the surviving canines but may also help to elevate your outlook too.

Scientific Nutritional Products manufacture Dog Supplements including Canine Joint Right providing Glucosamine for Dogs or Canine Super Coat  alongside their equine range. Visit www.horsesupplementsdirect.co.uk to find out more and don't forget to check in with our weekly blog!

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