American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
(925) 443-6000

Pet Loss & Grief

Having to cope with the death of a pet can be as difficult as coping with the death of a human family member. Grief is a normal and healthy emotion that accompanies the loss of a loved one, and we should never suppress or simply ignore our feeling of loss. There is no right or wrong way for people to feel as they grieve the loss of their pet; each person experiences loss and grief in his or her own way. Deciding to euthanize a pet can be one of the hardest decisions of our lives. Your decision is a personal one, but your veterinarian, family, and friends can assist you and support you during this difficult time. You need to consider not only what is best for your pet, but what is best for you and your family. Quality of life is the most important consideration for pets and their families.


Support Groups
*SAGE Pet Caregiver Support Group

Online Resources
*Pet Loss Support Page

*Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement

*Argus Institute Grief Resources

*Grieving the Death of a Pet
By Betty J. Carmack

*Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet
By Gary Kowalski

*Pet Loss: A Thoughtful Guide for Adults & Children
By Herbert A. Nieburg & Arlene Fisher

Support Hotline
*ASPCA Pet Loss Support Hotline
(877)474-3310, 7 days a week

Especially For Children
*Dog Heaven or Cat Heaven
By Cynthia Rylant

*Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children
By Bryan Mellonie & Robert Ingpen

*The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
By Judith Viorst

*When A Pet Dies
By Fred Rogers

*I’ll Always Love You
By Hans Wilhem

*Desser the Best Cat Ever
By Maggie Smith

If you have questions for your Del Valle Pet Hospital veterinarian, stop by our veterinary hospital in Livermore or call (925) 443-6000 to schedule an appointment.