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Supporting Your Pet Through Grief

Pet Care Tips 3 min read
Supporting Your Pet Through Grief

Being a pet parent comes with many happy moments but grieving the loss of our loved ones including our pets is an unfortunate part of the job. Losing a loved one is not only really hard on us humans, but it can be equally devastating for the furkiddos who loved them dearly. Pets may show it in different ways, but they do grieve as well.

Each pet may show their grief in a different way. Some pets’ will have subtle behavioral changes and other pets may become visibly depressed. There have been many reports of pets pacing and look around for their loved ones, becoming disinterested in their favorite pastimes, and even crying.

Though we can’t talk through the grief and heartache together the same way we do with other humans, there are ways we can help our furry friends work through their grief.

sad white and orange cat lying on the couch

Maintain Your Routine

It is important to maintain your regular routine as much as possible. change in routine can be very confusing and stressful for pets. Routine helps your pet feel safe and secure with the change of losing their loved one.

Allow For Alone Time or Together Time

Just like humans, some pets feel the need to process through loss on their own. Be patient with your pet as they may need more alone time compared to usual. Some pets may be the opposite and feel the need to get extra love and cuddle time compared to normal. Help them feel like they are not alone and loved without diverting too far from their routine.

Support Them Through Stress

Grief can sometimes take a toll on your pet’s behavior and even their health. They may become stressed and anxious after losing their friend. Some signs that your pet may be anxious or stressed are:

  • Accidents in the house or changes to bathroom habits
  • Abnormal or excessive shedding
  • Shivering
  • Excessive itching and scratching
  • Decrease in appetite

If your pet is showing signs of stress or anxiety, NHV Matricalm (for cats) and Lesstress (for dogs) can help. It contains herbs with natural calming and mild sedative properties that help your pet relax without changing their personality.

Sad, grey dog lying in front of the door

Stress and anxiety can also have an impact on their physical health aside from the signs listed above.

Stress and anxiety can also have an impact on their physical health aside from the signs listed above. When pets are stressed, it can cause the heart rate and blood pressure to increase. NHV Hearty-Heart supports healthy heart and circulatory function and also contains herbs that promote relaxation. For pets with existing health conditions, stress can affect healing and behavioral changes can impact their general wellbeing. It is important to make sure that your pet continues to eat and drink so that they can stay strong. If your pet is already on a regimen of NHV supplements for an existing condition and is now dealing with grief, you can contact our pet experts to find out if they recommend adjusting their dosage for extra support during this tough period.

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As pet parents, we understand how heartbreaking it is to go through loss and see your pet trying to cope with it as well. If you need any tips and advice, or even just someone to talk to, we are here for you.

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Published: June 30, 2020

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