Pet Columns

Many Paths on Journey of Grieving for Pet

Jun 11, 2019 / Grief Helpline

No shortcuts through grieving process Everyone Grieves Differently Grieving the loss of a pet is a journey that differs for every person and even other animals in the home. “There are as many grief reactions as there are people who are grieving,” Hague explains. Each person who is grieving is unique, as is the relationship...

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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....