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Negativity and the Grief Journey

by Stephanie Belak LSW, MSW You’ve probably noticed that our society — including people and places — are pretty negative. This is because our brains hold on to negative memories or images more strongly than the positive ones. It’s almost like we’re hard-wired to be attracted to negativity —which is NO good! Yet negativity is all around […]

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Traumatic Pet Loss: Impacts on a Grieving Pet Parent

By Stephanie Belak, LSW, MSW The loss of a pet due to an accident or emergency can be one of the most difficult things a pet parent will have to endure. Witnessing a traumatic loss may become unbearable for some pet parents. Traumatic loss can throw off the homeostatic balance of a “normal” functioning person […]

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National Pet Memorial Day Event September 10 at Tinicum Park

Day By Day Pet Support Services will host the 2017 National Pet Memorial Day at Tinicum Park in Bucks County, PA, on September 10.

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The Harmful Old Wives’ Tails, Part 3: Pain and Suffering in Dying Pets

By Brad Bates, DVM In the first two parts of this blog series, I described misleading “old wives’ tails” behind pet eating and greeting behavior as it applies to dying pets and decisions about euthanasia. I will touch on another very common and harmful one. I will now touch on another very common and harmful […]

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Preparing Pet Families for Euthanasia

For most pet parents, the decision to euthanize a beloved pet is probably the hardest one they will make. Veterinarians need to consider how to prepare pet parents for this possibility, explain the process, and present certain decisions they must make. Pet Parents Need a Veterinarian’s Guidance Before Euthanasia As a veterinarian, I realized how important […]

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Communicating With Your Vet Team

As a pet parent, I know that I have a tendency to jump to catastrophic conclusions when I feel like there is something wrong with my dog. For example, when I found a tick lodged in his neck, I was convinced he had Lyme Disease and rushed him to the vet for bloodwork. I can’t […]

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How to Remain With Your Hospitalized Pet at Death

by Nancy Kay, DVM I’ve been able to ensure my clients had cage-side access—pretty much 24/7—with their very sick hospitalized pets at nearly every place veterinary facility where I’ve worked. I didn’t last long at the one place where this wasn’t an option. I wanted my clients there with their pets, particularly if I felt a beloved pet’s […]

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How to Find the Best Vet for Your Pet

By Denise Alston How do you determine the right veterinarian for your pet? Pets are our children—our babies!—and we want only the best for them. So what should you do to make sure they receive the best care from the best vet out there? Three Steps to Identify the Best Vet for Primary Care It’s best to find […]

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Grief at Work When a Beloved Pet Dies

By Kathleen Begley Handling grief at work is awkward. But we can’t just turn off our emotions after the death of a loved one—even if the loved one wasn’t a human. It doesn’t help one bit to hear comments like these from anyone. At work, though, it can be particularly hard to swallow grief when responses […]

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Four Ways to Feed Older or Sick Pets

By Sandra Lewis It can be hard to feed older or sick pets. Very often, age-related issues or battling chronic or terminal illness makes food less interesting to them, just as it does to some people! But our pets need to continue eating while they are ill or have a chronic condition. You know your […]

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