Helping pets owners cope with grief when a pet dies: from hugs to sympathy cards to emails

My latest piece in the Telegraph discusses the topic of grief after the death of pets. Vets are commonly involved at the time of the death of a pet, and we are often faced with challenging emotional situations. It can be difficult to know how to react, with some vets feeling that it isn’t professional to show too much emotion, and others being afraid, unwilling or unable to extend themselves. Sometimes this is a personality issue, not entirely within the decision range of the individual: it feels that we react as we react, not necessarily as we choose to react.

I’ve written a piece on this sensitive topic in the Telegraph: you can read it here.


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