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by Ryan Goodchild | 11 months, 4 weeks ago
Nearly 40% of people in the United States own a dog while 25% are feline parents. These represent millions of animal-loving families. Pets bring joy and improve our health, but when they die, we experience great sadness. To fill the void, many people run out and immediately try to replace their lost love. If you find yourself in this position, keep reading for a few pointers from Art of the Pet on how to navigate loss when you are ready to bring home a new furry friend.
First and foremost, don’t rush into finding a new animal companion until you have healed from the loss of your dog, cat, or other non-human family member. Practice self-care for both you and your surviving animal companions. Remember, everyone in your home feels the loss, and even when you are ready, your living animals – or your human children – may not be emotionally open to it.
Part of the grieving process should be doing something to help you remember – but not fixate – on the pet you lost. A handcrafted memorial candle, pet portrait, cross or charm from Art of the Pet are all excellent reminders and beautiful tributes that can help you process your loss and cherish your memories.
As much as you want to bring home a new pet, take the time to make sure you are truly ready to bond before you bring them into your home. Even though the idea of loving and losing again is scary, remember that pets are not meant to be with us forever. At best, we get 10 to 15 good years, and these are years we are meant to cherish. When you do bring home a new friend, make sure to bond with your animal by giving them lots of love, pet them often, and include them in family activities, such as when you’re playing in the backyard or cuddling on the couch.
Like us, not all dogs or cats are the same. Even within the same breed, personalities can vary wildly. Do not expect that your new pet will act exactly the same way as your old pet. Where your former animal may have been complacent to lay in a sunny spot on a soft bed, your new family member may be curious about everything. Pay attention to their personality and make adjustments to your home and routine as needed.
One way that pets are unlike humans is that some of them don’t do well with hand-me-downs. Although you may already have a pet bed, toys, and food bowls, it may be best to replace these with new items because pets acclimate to their environment by smelling everything. However, if you still have items that are in good condition, you can try cleaning them and giving them to your new pet. If they don’t want anything to do with it, you know it’s time to invest in something new.
You can find one-of-a-kind, handcrafted pet products like beds, feeders, custom bandanas, leashes and more if you shop for pet-oriented wares at the Art of the Pet, which sells just about everything you could possibly need. If you can’t find it through Art of the Pet, and if you’d rather avoid Amazon, consider a site like Overstock, where you can find items like crates, gates and bike trailers. Use an Overstock discount code to boost your savings.
Even healthy animals need a quick check-up every once in a while. Rover suggests visits every six to 12 months depending on species and age. It’s important for the overall health of your pet to establish a relationship with the veterinary clinic as soon as possible. This will help identify any potential health issues that may affect your pet’s quality of life or cost you money down the road.
A new animal is an adventure unlike any you’ve ever had before. Even as an experienced pet owner, each new partner you bring home will have a unique personality that will keep you loving and laughing for years to come. Try not to compare your animals, and don’t skip the things that are important, such as bonding, new supplies, and medical care.
Written by: Ryan Goodchild
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