Help with grief over pet loss

Losing a beloved pet is a devastating experience, one that is even more difficult if no one around you seems to understand how you are feeling. The Pet Loss Support Group of Ottawa was established over 10 years ago, to help grieving pet owners cope with their feelings of loss and sadness in a welcoming environment of fellow animal lovers. I have been running this group and facilitating the monthly meetings for many years. We meet on the second Wednesday of every month, from 7:45-9:15 pm at the Sandy Hill Community Centre. For more information visit our website: www.lookmedia.ca/plsg.

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Pets are good for body and soul

There are many ways that dogs and cats (and other furry friends) can improve our wellbeing.

Countless scientific studies have demonstrated how pets can improve the health and happiness of their owners. Some stress the importance of companion animals in the lives of seniors, children, and those with chronic illnesses.

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Nutrition – What Should I Feed my Dog?

One of the most common questions pet owners ask their veterinarian is “What should I feed my dog?” Feeding your dog an appropriate amount of a well-balanced diet is vital to their overall health and well-being. A nutritionally complete diet must include an appropriate amount of protein, carbohydrates, fat, minerals, vitamins, and certain essential amino and fatty acids.

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Hospices let owners care for dying pet

As veterinary medicine advances, our pets are able to receive the kind of medical attention that almost parallels that of humans, enabling them to live longer and longer lives. Thus our companion animals, as they near the end of their lives, may still be able to live comfortably even when faced with terminal illness.

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Your cat’s mental health

The importance of mental health to physical health and to overall well-being has long been identified in human medicine. The same holds true in veterinary medicine. Good mental health will prevent many medical and behavioural problems and allow our pets to live rich and enjoyable lives.

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