Pets are not interchangeable. Don't suggest replacing the pet quickly. It dismisses the uniqueness of their bond.
Just Get a New One
Pets are family. Don't diminish the loss by implying they don't warrant real grief.
It Was Only a Dog/Cat
Clichés and platitudes in the face of grief are unhelpful. Simply listen and acknowledge their pain.
Happens for a Reason
Grief is still profound, regardless of a pet's age. Don't invalidate sorrow over "expected" loss.
Lived a Long Life
Grief has no timeline. Be patient and let them mourn at their own pace. Rushing is insensitive.
Get Over It
Each pet relationship is unique and irreplaceable. Offer compassion, not replacement.
Always Get Another One
Let them decide what's best. Don't diminish their judgment or imply the death was beneficial.
It's for the Best