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Pet Euthanasia: Pet Bereaving Pets

Category: Pet Euthanasia
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Margaret Saiki


Studies have shown that surviving pets are affected by the death of a companion or other significant loss.

In a 1996 survey "Companion Animal Mourning Project", conducted by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 

They found:

Owners in the survey also noted that surviving dogs changed the quality and location of sleep.

Should dogs be shown the deceased companion after euthanasia?

Cognitive scientists are still undecided on the concept that animals have self-awareness of death. Currently the weight of opinion is that a pets "viewing" is not likely to help them understand the death of a companion.

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