What many people find hard to believe is that animals can form very firm attachments. Even pets that outwardly seem to barely get along with others can become very attatched to their master and will exhibit intense stress reactions when separated. In fact, grieving pets can show many symptoms identical to those experienced by others in the home. The surviving pet(s) may become restless, anxious and depressed. There may also be much sighing, along with sleep and eating disturbances. Often, grieving pets will search for their master and crave more attention.

How can the new Guardian help the grieving pet? By following these recommendations:

1. Keep the pet(s) routines as normal as possible.

2. Try not to unintentionally reinforce the behavior changes.
- If the pet's appetite is picky, don't keep changing the food.

3. Continue to offer love and attention.