Tuesday, November 24, 2009

ASK THE VET: Adapting to the Loss of a Family Member

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Piwacket Misses Roger


Dear Dr. Jacki:


My father just passed away after a long battle with Alzheimers. He enjoyed his Siamese cat, Piwacket, very much. The kitty has been sleeping on his pillow. I know she is missing him, although she still has "mom" there to comfort her. Do you have any general suggestions for helping pets ease the confusion of missing a family member?


Thanks,

Carrie B.


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Dear Carrie B:




First of all, I am sorry for your loss.  It is so difficult to lose a family member. 

I think the best thing that we can do to ease our pet’s discomfort is to continue to provide love and attention.  It is great that ‘mom’ is still available to offer these things. It may also help to keep an article of clothing, like a t-shirt, for kitty to lay on. 

 It would be best to keep kitty's routine the same, if possible.  Feeding, exercising, play time schedules should be kept the same as before, if possible.  This gives our pets some stability in a difficult time. 

If kitty was acting sick-not eating, drinking excessive amounts of water, not playing….please call your veterinarian to have an exam. 

Take care,

Dr. Jacki

Dr. Jacki, D.V.M.





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For more information on Dr. Jacki and her practice, you may find her at  4 Paws House Calls. A personal appointment will likely provide more specific information on your dog and your specific questions.

Dr. Jacki's opinion or advice does not replace an actual exam with a veterinarian. 





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