How to Help Someone Whose Dog Just Died

When a dog dies it can be like losing your best friend. The emotions can be overwhelming. As is the case with death and grieving, everyone is affected differently. Some more than others. There are many circumstances where the death of the dog leaves more than just emotional scars.

Special Considerations People Forget About

Dogs can fill up a home with love and affection, but they’re much more than just furry friends. Some people construct their entire daily routine around their dog. Between feeding, walking, playing with, cleaning after, and taking to the vet, dogs are a big commitment. You can never underestimate how meaningful a dog is for some people, and the comfort and happiness it brings to the family

The problem emerges when the dog is no longer around. When your dog dies, the emotional grief is made worse by the decrease in social and physical activities. The day feels emptier. The social interaction people would get from walking their dog is gone. Some people’s only exercise for the day is taking their dog to the park. To put it simply, some peoples dogs help keep their lives anchored to healthy activities.

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Older Dog Owners

This is especially true in older individuals who leave their houses less frequently. The chance to take your dog for a walk through the neighborhoods and meeting neighbors may seem insignificant, however, with some people it might be the one thing that they look forward to every day.

As mentioned earlier, older people will often take the biggest hit in their quality of life with the death of their dog. Older individuals who are retired also tend to spend the most time with their dog. Their companion who is almost always by their side is now gone which can make people feel less grounded to the outside world.


Dogs can also be like another brother or sister to a young child. The dogs have protected, encouraged, and loved the child unconditionally. Children might have a hard time understanding the dog is gone. If a child is having a hard time dealing with the death of a pet, an honest an open conversation about the topic of death may be needed. Check out our article, How to Talk to Your Kids About the Death of a Pet for a more effective way of talking to your children about a difficult subject.

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