It is always devastating when a beloved pet dies. But how can you console a grieving dog owner? Here are 3 topics to avoid.
Asking For Details
We get it – you’re curious about how a dog passed away. But the person in question may not be entirely comfortable discussing such a private matter, or they may just not be ready to get into the nitty gritty, grief-loaded details. Respect that and don’t pry if you know they don’t want to talk about it.
Unsolicited (and Useless) Advice
If you do receive detailed information on what happened with someone’s dog, refrain from offering any advice. When the dog owner talks about their chosen treatment methods or lifestyle decisions for their dog, don’t chime in and judge them or tell them they’re wrong. Not only is it too late for your advice to matter, but it also blames a grieving person for the loss.
Asking If They’ll Get Another
You can’t ever truly replace a lost pet any more than you can replace a lost family member. It’s likely that the person in question will not be ready to welcome a new pet into their home for a while. Asking this question is insensitive and implies that you think dogs are easy to replace.
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