Researchers Say the Grief of Losing Your Dog Is the Same as Losing a Loved One
“Sometimes losing a pet is more painful than losing a human because, in the case of the pet, you were not pretending to love it.” – Amy Sedaris
If you’ve ever loved a dog and then lost him/her, you know how painful the experience can be. After all, a pet isn’t just an animal you own; you think of them as a member of your family. You feel like you have a special connection with them, and they become your best friend and travel partner. So, losing a dog can cause extreme grief.
10 Society cannot comprehend the grief of losing a beloved dog
Dog owners often need time to grieve and figure out what happened to their beloved pets before they can move on. People around them who haven’t been through this pain might not get it. “Pet parents” who are sad might be told to “get over it” because it was “only a dog.” However, this only makes the pain worse.
9 Science shows that it’s harder to get over the loss of a dog
Now, science has shown that being sad about the death of a much-loved dog is a normal and genuine thing to feel. In fact, this study shows that getting over the loss of a pet may be more challenging than getting over the loss of a person. It reveals why it can be so hard to get over the loss of a dog.
According to research, these are the reasons why the grief of losing a dog is the same as losing a loved one or even worse.
8 Bonding with your dog
The Official Journal of the Human Behavior and Evolution Study says that the bonds people make with puppies are very similar to the ones made with other people. Your brain observes and interprets all these bonding activities the same way as it would with any other person. So, when you bond with dogs, your body produces the same hormones as when you form a connection with people.