Coping With the Loss of a Pet

I am trying really hard to understand how it happens that we can miss signs that would tell us something is wrong with our pet. I know that everything that lives will die and that it is the process of life, but my heart hurts so bad and there is no close support group for pet parents that have lost their family member unexpectedly.


How does a dog become paralyzed and lose the use of its limb in 10 days? How is it possible that a pet can be healthy and well and full of life and 10 days later going to the Rainbow Bridge? How does one heal a heart that feels cheated?
My little dog was only nine, always bringing us her toys, loved treats, and was so full of life, what happened?

By Lois B

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July 12, 20130 found this helpful

I can sympathise with you! We have had 2 pets to do this now. Animals, if they were in the wild, have to hide it when sick, or they become another animal's meal! They have a way of making themselves look OK to us until the get to the point of no return. It is just the way of nature.


In the photo below, Barli had injured something, but did ok till we got home from camping last year. Then he just laid down and did not get up. The vet did all sorts of meds, and tests, and he finally could limp along again. We started glucosamine and condroitin, and it helped him regain stamina. He still limps a little, but is walking again. We thought for sure we were losing Barli! I am sorry you lost your pet!

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July 12, 20130 found this helpful

I cannot answer your question, as I myself would like to know. I am sorry for your loss. I too recently lost my beloved cocker Patches - she was 14. Within 5 days she was gone.


The vet still does not know what happened. My heart is still broken and I miss her every day. May you find comfort knowing your pet is at the bridge waiting for the day you will meet again.

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July 12, 20130 found this helpful

We went through this with two dogs, 14 & 15, dying within 6 months of each other. Three months later we went to a rescue and adopted two older dogs, 7 & 9. They had been together all their lives but the owner was very ill and couldn't care for them. Most people do not want to adopt older dogs. It was the best thing we ever did. Actually, they rescued us. Our compassion and love for them carried us through the mourning period. One has since passed away but the younger who is now 10 is still with us. People tell us how wonderful we were to adopt them. We believe how wonderful it was for us to have them. Please think about saving an older animal who has no one to care for them.

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October 7, 20140 found this helpful

I understand your grief. We lost our dog, Libby, in 2009. She was an active, fun loving dog - my best fur friend. She was only 9 years old. My wife let the dogs out one morning. They were barking in the front yard. When she went to check on them, Libby was lying on the grass and would not get up. My wife went out to see what was wrong.


Libby looked up at her, moaned, and passed away - just like that. It was so shocking and it took me a long, long time to get over it. I still think of her and miss her.

The Vet said it was unusual what happened to Libby, but these things can happen, just as they happen to humans. One day we are fine, the next we have passed on. I am sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose a beloved pet.

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