Everyone is born so they can learn to love others and live a good life.
Animals already know how to do that, so they don’t need to stay as long.

Anonymous

Losing a pet can be an intensely emotional and trying time. We hope that the articles available on this page provide some comfort to you during your time of grief. For additional resources, please see the links below or contact our animal hospital in Rochester, NY at 585-247-7200.

Euthanasia: The Most Painful Decision

Many think of bereavement as beginning after loss. For many, however, grief can begin much earlier. Often, it begins the day you realize that your pet is approaching the end of its life — even though the final loss of that pet may still be many months distant.

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Grief and Pet Loss

Grief is the normal response to any important loss in life. It occurs regardless of whether death followed a prolonged illness, or a sudden accident. Grieving people experience both physical and emotional traumas as they try to adapt to the upheaval in their lives brought about by the loss.

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Memorializing a Pet

It is important to focus on positive memories of your pet. Remembering the good times that you shared with that pet can help counteract the guilt and grief that come with its loss.

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Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

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The Emotions of Pet Loss

This excerpt will discuss some of the most typical reactions to the loss of a pet, as well as methods to cope with these feelings.

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The Journey

When you bring a pet into your life you begin a journey- a journey that will bring you more love and devotion than you have ever known, yet also test your strength and courage. If you allow, the journey will teach you many things, about life, about yourself, and most of all, about love.

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The Last Battle

If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this – the last battle – can’t be won.

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New York Pet Loss Resources

Support Groups and Seminars:

For up to date times and locations, please visit www.lollypop.org and select “Program & Services”, next choose “Pet Loss Services” and then “Pet Loss Support Groups” from the drop-down selection. Or call (585) 223-1330 x 121

Hotlines:

(607) 253-3932 – Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline.
Lines open: Tues, Wed, Thurs between 6-9 pm ET; (messages will be returned)

(877) 474-3310 – ASPCA – Dr. Stephanie Lafarge – counselor@aspca.org

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