Do Pets Experience Loss and Grief?

As pet owners, one of the worst situations we can imagine is the loss of a cherished pet companion and the ensuing grief and sadness we would feel. But what we may not consider is the impact of that loss on other household pets.

Certainly, the topic of pet grief is not new. From the heartbreaking story of the German shepherd who laid down in front of his fallen soldier owner’s casket to the folklore of Greyfriars Bobby, most of us accept that pets experience loss.

Still, there is some debate as to the complexity of this process in animals and whether or not they actually grieve.


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