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    Hi, last week our 7 year old cavalier king Charles spaniel died unexpectedly and apart from the human family grieving, his friend who is a two year old cavoodle is suddenly an 'only dog' and grieving as well. He's not eating and confused. I'm hoping there might be people on this forum who may be able to pass on advice and suggestions about how to deal with this huge change in our household. I've been taking him for interesting walks each day and generally trying to distract him. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    First of all sorry for your loss. Thou I have never been in this situation I have heard of it happening. I believe the dog left behind generally recovers in time from their loss. They need time just as much as the humans do.

    Just keep an eye out that he isnt losing too much weight and isnt picking up any other stress related behaviours.

    I hope you all recover from this terrible loss.
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    I am so sorry for your loss........Often dogs get very stressed whenthey have lost their Buddy. Some get over it easily, some take a while. Just go out for walks and playtimes to distract.......With our Tessa, we actually had to get another dog, she just stayed depressed no matter what we did
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    I am sorry...I think you have done right things and time will sort things out.
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    Thanks for your message. Did you get a completely different breed?

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    Thanks for your reply. What sort of dog did you get and was it different to your previous one. The kids are asking about another dog but they're hardly ever home, busy teenagers.

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    Our cat grieved for about a week after his litter mate died. As they say time heals all wounds, I wouldn't get another dog 'for the sake of it'.

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    My dog lived with a newf. He was PTS when he had his third stroke and was unable to move. We brought home another Rescue newfie about a month later. Tessa, used to stay on Zacky's grave for hours and would lie on his bed. Even after three weeks she was the same. When we got our new Rescue newfie, they did not get along at all (long story) But tessa got over her depression due to all the distractions. But we got our new dog because we wanted one too, not so much for Tessa. But we missed having a newf. tessa now has Three newfie friends and is best friends with all of them now.
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    When we had to put down our Rottie due to real bad health we kept our little Westwhite Highland Terrier cross in the house and away from the procceeding of the death of her friend.
    I now think this was a real bad thing to do but we thought at the time other wise.
    Well Little Bundy grieved for her close on 2 months. She lost heaps of condition and was bearly eating a thing.
    Nothing was working and we ended up taking her to the vets and she put her on some doggy valium or whatever.
    It took Bundy about 2 months in total to fully get over the loss of her mate.

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