Do Pets Grieve?

From the mourning rituals of elephants to a beloved dog who refuses to leave the grave of an owner, animal grief is palpable, complex, and still a bit of a mystery. Despite thousands of stories from pet owners who have witnessed pets grieve, the ability of animals to experience emotions is still widely debated.

To learn more about how pets grieve, The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center offers some compelling evidence and tips on how to help your pet move through the impact of loss.

The Emotions of Animals

Whether it’s steadfast empirical evidence or softer accounts of emotions in animals, it’s generally accepted that many species do feel emotions like joy, anger, jealousy, and grief. In the late 1800s, even Darwin proposed that other species could feel emotions like man, not as a matter of difference, but a matter of degree.

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