Our team provides medical care with skill and compassion, offering support for both the patient and the pet owner.
The staff at Countryside Veterinary Hospital understands that the loss of a pet is a deeply painful and emotional experience. Our staff members are also pet owners who have celebrated the human-animal bond and mourned the passing of many cherished animal friends. We are here to provide understanding of the emotions that accompany the loss of a beloved animal companion. Following the death of your pet, you may experience feelings of grief such as denial, anger, depression and guilt. The effects are often felt emotionally, physically and spiritually. This is part of the normal grief process.
Some pet owners are fortunate to have friends and family who understand these emotions. Others may not have the support they need. Well-meaning friends and family who do not understand the sense of loss that you’re experiencing may inadvertently minimize your feelings, leaving you to feel even more alone. Hiding your grief does not help it go away. Talking and sharing your thoughts with others who have lost an animal companion can be comforting and therapeutic.
Remembering the joyful times and special memories of your pet is an integral part of the grieving process. You and your pet shared a precious bond. Your grief is genuine and you’ll require love, patience, and compassion as you heal. During this most vulnerable of times, please offer yourself the same loving kindness that you bestowed so generously upon your pet.
Learning how to cope with both an expected and unexpected loss may require emotional assistance and support. We offer resources to help you after you’ve lost a pet. We can also provide assistance to pet owners experiencing anticipatory grief. This is a feeling of grief that occurs prior to the actual death of a pet. It may be experienced by those caring for a senior pet or a chronically ill or terminally ill pet.
Speak with our staff if you are interested in participating in a local pet loss support group in conjunction with Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Mount Laurel.