PET loss counsellor Tracey Woods is helping pet owners deal with the pain and grief from losing their furry friends.
The Vines resident runs a business called Pet Eden, which provides one-on-one and group counselling sessions for clients who have lost a pet.
Ms Woods had been a vet nurse for about 30 years before completing a counselling diploma to become a pet loss counsellor.
She holds monthly sessions at Lawnswood Pet Cremation in Malaga and Passing Paws Pet Cremation in Neerabup.
Her next group session will be held in Malaga on May 26.
She said recovery from the death of a pet was important.
“In my one on one sessions and group sessions, we will talk through the loss and have some strategies to recover from the painful feelings,” she said.
“You can never replace the relationship you had with your pet and you will always remember them.
“They will always be in your heart, but your pain doesn’t need to stay with you.”
She said the phrase, “get over it, it was just a dog” was hurtful to pet owners.
“I feel pet loss is just as painful as a miscarriage, or a family member’s death,” she said.
“I had lost my dad and several pets in devastating circumstances.
“We spend so much time and focus on puppy classes and health care, but not so much on the end of life decision or palliative care.
“I wanted to make a difference to my clients and let them know that I share in their pain of losing a beloved ‘furbaby’.”
For information, visit www.peteden.com.au.