The Death of a Pet. How It Can Affect Owners

Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 1985 Mar;15(2):395-402. doi: 10.1016/s0195-5616(85)50311-3.


The death of a family pet can be a difficult and upsetting experience. In this article, human reactions after pet death are described as a normal bereavement sequence and a case study is used to describe and explain major issues associated with a pet's death.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Animals
  • Animals, Domestic*
  • Bonding, Human-Pet*
  • Death*
  • Female
  • Grief
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Object Attachment*
  • Social Facilitation