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Arthur Lodge (Horsham)
Monday to Friday - 8am to 7pm
Saturday to Sunday - 9am to 4.30pm

White Horse (Roffey)
Monday to Friday - 11am to 1pm

Downslink (Southwater)
Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 5pm

Ash Barn (Ockley)
Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 5pm

Pet Bereavement: Coping with the death of a beloved pet

For many owners, losing a pet is like losing a family member. It can be difficult to cope, which is why local veterinary surgery, Arthur Lodge, has devised a list of top tips on ways to make dealing with the overwhelming grief slightly easier.

 

Pet Bereavement

  • Try and focus on the positives including the happier times spent with a pet. It is common for grief to conjure up feelings of guilt and anger but it is important to remember that it was not anyone’s fault.
  • Talk to others who have experienced the same thing to find out ways in which they coped.
  • Write down memories or design a photo collage to focus the mind.
  • Be honest with younger children about the death of a pet and make sure that they understand exactly what has happened. Terms such as ‘put to sleep’ can be confusing for them.
  • Other household pets will notice a change too so can be a good source of comfort.
  • Do not make any rash decisions to replace a pet. Particularly where children are involved, an element of disloyalty to the former pet may evolve.
 

Julian Peters, owner of Arthur Lodge Veterinary Surgery, commented: “Losing a pet is a huge strain and can leave people feeling very lonely. However, by following the tips above, it can make it slightly easier to come to terms with. Specialised counselling is also available. The main thing for owners to understand is that what they are feeling is completely natural. Many owners spend many years with their pet and it can take a long time to adjust. However, it does get easier over time.”

Arthur Lodge Veterinary Surgery
17 Brighton Road, Horsham
West Sussex, RH13 5BE
Tel: 01403 252964

Downs Link Veterinary Surgery
16 Lintot Square, Fairbank Road
Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex
RH13 9LA, Tel: 01403 732219

Ash Barn Veterinary Surgery
Unit 5, Ockley Court Farm
Coles Lane, Ockley, Surrey, RH5 5LS
Tel: 01306 713177

White Horse Veterinary Surgery
226 Crawley Road, Roffey
Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 4HE
Tel: 01403 249902