Pet Columns

Many Paths on Journey of Grieving for Pet

Jun 11, 2019 / Grief Helpline

No shortcuts through grieving process Our pets become part of our family. They develop distinct relationships with each family member, human and animal alike. After a pet’s death, each family member will go through the grieving process in his or her own way. Gail Wallis Hague, a counseling psychologist with close to 40 years of...

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CARE Just a Call Away for Grieving Pet Owners

Jul 9, 2018 / Grief Helpline

‘We promise to lend a compassionate ear’ “We have designated hours—1 to 6 pm Central Standard Time on Tuesdays and Thursdays—when calls are answered immediately,” says Hague. “Callers at other times will be invited to leave a message, and those calls will be returned as soon as possible.” ‘Open to Anyone and Everyone’ Hague has...

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Take Time to Grieve Your Pet

Sep 4, 2017 / Grief Helpline / Birds / Cats / Dogs / Exotics / Horses

National Pet Memorial Day Is September 10 “The death of a pet is one of the few types of loss that may not be appreciated by others as a true cause for grief,” says Gail Hague, client counselor specialist at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana. “Individuals who experience this type of...

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Discuss End-of-Life Decisions with Your Veterinarian

Nov 14, 2016 / General Care / Grief Helpline / Cats / Dogs / Exotics

Euthanasia is a tough and personal decision Almost all pet owners at one point or another face the question of euthanasia. Dr. Gary Brummet, a veterinarian who provides primary care for pets at University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, talks about this difficult experience and addresses some common questions and concerns of owners....