How Dogs Grieve and Finding Support

Lethargy, increased vocalization, changes in appetite and bowel movements may indicate dog grief after a loss.  

Common Signs

Grieving dogs may appear more clingy and anxious or withdrawn and aloof than their usual demeanor.

Personality Change  

Some grieving dogs struggle with housetraining and may have accidents they are normally housebroken.  

Potty Trouble    

Grieving dogs often sleep and eat more or less than normal and lose interest in toys and activities.

Sleep & Eat Change 

Use patience, routine and additional affection to support a grieving dog adjusting after a loss in their life.  

Give Support 

In most cases, a grieving dog's symptoms will resolve over 2-6 months as they adapt to loss. Seek vet if concern lingers.

Time Heals

Adding another pet to the household can ease grief, but wait at least 2 months before adopting to avoid displacement.  

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