By Coleen Ellis, founder of Two Hearts Pet Loss Center, and blogger for pet insurance provider Pets Best Insurance
Losing a pet is a heartbreaking affair filled with grief for many pet parents. However, some people don’t understand the relationship and bond the person had with their pet, so they may not know what to say or how to act when someone loses a pet. Even if you’ve experienced this grief yourself, the grieving process varies by person, and it can be hard to find the right words.
As a starting point, here are five things you shouldn’t say to a grieving pet parent:
1. It’s just a dog
To you, it may be just a dog. But to pet lovers, this animal may have represented many things. The pet might have fulfilled roles such as being a friend, a confidant, providing security, and so much more.
2. It wasn’t a “real death” such as the loss of a husband, mother, grandmother, etc.
As pet lovers, the relationship that we have with our pets is free of baggage. It’s free of the complications and the difficult feelings that might come with a human-human relationship.
3. When are you going to get another one?
In honor of Pet Health Insurance Month, we’re featuring stories of real life Pets Best Insurance customer claims. This story is from Paul and his dog Tobey, who have been Pets Best Insurance customers since 2006.
I’m glad I had pet insurance when…My dog ate an entire loaf of bread
Meet Tobey, a seven year old, 13 pound miniature pinscher “min pin” insured by Pets Best Insurance. One night in the spring of 2012, Tobey decided he could go for some dessert. He jumped on the couch, then from the couch he jumped on the counter. Sitting on the counter was a loaf of dense Danish dessert bread that had been brought over for his human family. The bread – and its foil wrapping – was too tempting for Tobey to resist, so he didn’t just eat part of the loaf, he ate the entire loaf and the foil.
A few hours later in the middle of the night, Tobey’s human parents awoke to him wheezing like he could hardly breathe. Tobey’s normally little mid-section had become extremely bloated; his sides protruded inches farther than normal.
Tobey’s parents rushed him to the emergency veterinary clinic.
By Dr. Marc, a veterinarian and blogger for pet insurance provider Pets Best Insurance
About English Bulldogs
Height (to base of neck): 12 to 14 inches (Males and Females)
Weight: Males 50 lbs, Females 40 lbs
Color: Brindle, white, red, fawn and spotted
Origin: British Isles
Coat: Short, flat, straight and glossy
Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years
Exercise needs: low to moderate
Is this breed right for you?
Common attributes in the Bulldog include a stubborn nature, but they are also kind and gentle with children and other pets. They have low to moderate exercise needs and can be suited to urban, even apartment living. Snoring and drooling is common. Grooming needs are low except skin folds require daily hygiene to prevent infection. They are moderate shedders. Bulldogs do not tolerate temperature extremes well and does best as an indoor pet.
5 common illnesses, medical conditions and accidents for English Bulldogs
By Dr. Marc, a veterinarian and blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance
Hi. My name is Marc Caldwell; I’m a local veterinarian working with Pets Best Insurance to answer some Facebook questions.
The next question is: What are dogs’ noses made of? Is it skin?
By Dr. Matheys, a veterinarian and blogger for cat insurance provider Pets Best Insurance
Hello. I’m Dr. Jane Matheys from The Cat Doctor Veterinary Hospital and Hotel in Boise, Idaho. Today I’ll be answering some questions about cat health from questions posted on the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page.
Today, Barb asks us: “My cat meows all the time like he’s talking to me. I pretend to ask him a question, and he meows back as if to answer. It’s adorable, but I’ve never heard a cat meow this much. Is there a reason some cats meow more than others?”