"My friend just died. I don't know what to do."

From the depths of old internet comments comes another incredible gem of a story. One user wrote the following heartfelt plea online:

"My friend just died. I don't know what to do.

The rest of the post has been deleted, only the title remains. However, the helpful responses live on, and one of them was absolutely incredible. The reply by this self-titled "old guy" might just change the way you approach life and death.

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Ottawa pet store bylaw change would ban for-profit sale of cats, dogs

This CBC article talks about the new bylaw banning for-profit sales of dogs and cats in Ottawa pet stores.

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Compassionate care for pets: Why some animal lovers are turning to hospice

Dr. Lianna is featured in this New Jersey article about animal hospice. Click "read more" to read the article.

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Pet bereavement days

A wonderful article written by Maham Shakeel from CBC News featuring Dr. Lianna. This article talks about pet bereavement days. Some U.S. companies are starting to offer this to their employees.

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Pet Loss, Grief, and the holidays

Pet Loss, Grief & the Holidays
By: Kathryn Jennings, CPFE, CPLP


Holidays are usually a time for coming together with friends and family and

celebrating but when a beloved pet isn't present due to loss, the holidays can be a time of intense grief. 


Whether it be a recent loss or one from long ago, grief can be present during the holidays turning what usually is a time of merriment into the roller coaster of emotions that come with grief. 


It's important to take into account that those in grief may have mixed emotions at this time. While a pet caregiver may be remembering the life of their beloved pet with fondness during the holidays, he or she may also be experiencing the pain of grief at the same time. It's natural to feel intense sorrow and experience the joy of the season in tandem. Feeling conflicted at this time is to be expected. 


The holidays can without a doubt intensify loneliness or sadness or cause one to have "grief bursts" when it appeared as though their grief was over.  Just remember to encourage pet caregivers who are grieving to reach out for support from those who not just sympathize but truly empathize with pet loss and grief.  Finding those who understand

provides pet caregivers permission to grieve and the opportunity to mourn their loss while continuing on their path from grief to healing. 


Also, memorializing one's pet at this time can help aid in mourning.  Hanging a Christmas stocking or personalized ornament for one's beloved pet can help remember the life and the relationship shared on earth and that we continue to share in more of a spiritual form with a precious pet.


Grief is the hardest work we as human we'll ever do. It becomes easier when another lends a hand.  When pet caregivers feel understood, when their pain is acknowledged, they feel less devastated and more supported.


Our thoughts are with all those who are grieving this holiday season.  

You are not alone.

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adopt a senior pet


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IAAHPC 2015 Conference

International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care

Deems Fifth Conference a Success


(October 1-4, 2015)— San Diego, California was the site of the fifth annual International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care’s conference.  Over two hundred participants came to hear the latest in the movement on educating pet care professionals on the various elements of an animal hospice program.

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You're giving me a special gift,
So sorrowfully endowed,
And through these last few cherished days,
Your courage makes me proud.

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Asthma and Bronchitis in Cats

My cat started having coughing spells. I thought she was trying to cough up a hairball. My veterinarian has diagnosed feline asthma and bronchitis. I didn’t know cats could have such a thing.

Feline asthma affects a fair number of cats and is often associated with bronchitis. “Asthma” is technically an acute or chronic inflammation of the airway associated with several physiologic effects including:

  • Increased responsiveness to various noxious stimuli
  • Narrowing/constriction of the airways
  • Reversibility of airway constriction
  • The presence of inflammatory cells within the airways
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Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Poisoning Alert

"IMPORTANT: Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is very dangerous to dogs and cats."

Acetaminophen (Tylenol®, Paracetamol, APAP, N-acetyl-p-aminophenol) is a pain relief and fever-reducing medicine people use for many types of pain. It’s a popular over-the-counter oral medication used alone or in “combination” medications for headaches, pain, colds, flu and menstrual discomfort. It’s often combined with other drugs including aspirin, opioids, antihistamines, decongestants and caffeine.

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