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The relationship we share with our pets may end for a variety of reasons. Whether our special animal friend dies, is stolen, lost, or given to a new home, we are faced with a sense of loss. Adults and children often need support to help them with their grief. Your family veterinarian understands this and can help you. The pet loss support area is designed to provide understanding and resources to meet your needs at this difficult time.

Hotlines:      

530-752-4200 - Staffed by University of California - Davis veterinary students
540-231-8038 - Staffed by Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
630-603-3994 - Staffed by Chicago VMA veterinarians and staff
508-839-7966 - Staffed by Tufts University veterinary students
607-253-3932 - Staffed by Cornell University veterinary students
614-292-1823 - Staffed by The Ohio State University veterinary students
(e-mail petloss@osu.edu)
517-432-2696 - Staffed by Michigan State University veterinary students
352-392-4700 -
then dial 1 and 4080
Staffed by University of Florida veterinary students
888-ISU-PLSH -
(888-478-7574)
Staffed by Iowa State University veterinary students and community volunteers.
217-244-2273 -
or
877-394-2273
Staffed by University of Illinois veterinary students

Websites:

www.findinfo.com/petloss.htm - articles, memorials, discussion groups, and more
www.homevet.com/bonding/loss.html - articles about dealing with pet loss
www.aplb.org - association for pet loss and bereavement
www.petloss.com - pet loss grief support
www.pet-loss.net - pet loss support page
www.avma.org/care4pets/avmaloss.htm - AVMA Pet loss


Books:

"The Loss of a Pet" by Wallace Sife
"Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet" by Moira Anderson

Children's Books:

"Zoe's Good-bye" written and illustrated by Mary Schlangen, DVM, Two Harbors, MN
"When Your Pet Dies" by Diane Pomerance
"When a Pet Dies" by Fred Rogers
"Dog Heaven" by Cynthia Rylant

Other:

Memorialize your pet with a pet memorial to the MVM Foundation. To learn more about pet memorials, click here

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