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How can I handle the death of my dog?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Allow grieving

Pets become family.
The loss of any family member is difficult at best. All the things that occur with any death in the family can occur when one loses a pet. Two or three months of grieving is reasonable, any longer runs the risk of developing disabling depression. Talk to those you trust about your loss, especially if you live alone. At the appropriate time you may want to get a new puppy.

In brief: Allow grieving

Pets become family.
The loss of any family member is difficult at best. All the things that occur with any death in the family can occur when one loses a pet. Two or three months of grieving is reasonable, any longer runs the risk of developing disabling depression. Talk to those you trust about your loss, especially if you live alone. At the appropriate time you may want to get a new puppy.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Dr. Donald Hazlett
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Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Grieve

He's like a family member.

In brief: Grieve

He's like a family member.
Dr. Douglas Bey
Dr. Douglas Bey
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