How to Support a Pet Owner When a Pet is Ill or Dying

It may be difficult to know how to respond when a loved one’s pet is very sick or has passed away. Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, it’s easy to succumb to platitudes or to dismiss the depth of grief.

If you don’t share a bond with a pet, you simply may not understand how much a pet becomes a true member of the family – as much as any human.

In order to be a compassionate friend or relative, here are some friendly do’s and don’ts when it comes to supporting a pet owner in pain.

What Not to Say

There are nearly 70-80 million pet dogs and 74-96 million pet cats in the U.S. (and that doesn’t include all of the other types of pets). Given these numbers, it’s likely that you have family members, friends, and coworkers with pets. This means you’ll encounter someone whose pet is ill or has recently died at some point in your life.


Our Best Pet Blogs:  2016 in Review

Ahhh, the New Year. Time to sit back and wax nostalgic over the previous year. It can be quite entertaining and even enlightening to take some time in order to reminisce with your family and friends about the high and low points of the year as it comes to a close.

Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic wants to be a part of your sentimental fun. So, without further ado, here are our best pet blogs of 2016: