Pet Loss Sympathy Messages

What to Write When Someone’s Pet Dies

The loss of a pet can be as devastating to a person as the death of a family member or friend. Many people treat their pets like family and are hurt by the loss just like a family member death.

This makes it difficult to write a sympathy message for the loss of a pet just like a person. See the death of the pet as an opportunity for you to be creative and think about the type of pet. Make the message tailored to that pet.

Empathize with the person losing the pet. People put a great deal of investment of time, energy, and love toward their pets. This can be a truly difficult time for a pet owner when feelings of loss become overwhelming.  Also, lifestyle changes will occur as the pet is no longer needing attention.

Sympathy Messages for Death of a Pet

Sometimes you will need general pet sympathy card messages. You can use these to help you get your message started, or leave these the way they are.

  1. I am sorry about your pet dying. I know it was special and became part of your family.
  2. All good things come to an end, and I guess that even means good pets. I am sorry for your loss.
  3. Some animals are extra special, and when we lose them, we feel a real loss. I’m sending my condolences to you for the loss of your pet.
  4. I don’t know whether I can say anything to make you feel better after losing your pet, but I would like to say I’m sorry for your loss.
  5. Some people don’t think that losing a pet is a big deal, but I know that it can be difficult. Pets can be great friends and even close family members. Please accept my condolences.
  6. I am sorry to hear that you lost your pet. Feel free to come by and take my pain in the butt pet any time you’d like to borrow him.

Sympathy Messages for Death of a Dog

Use these sympathy card messages for dogs.

  1. When they say a dog is man’s best friend, it’s easy to understand why it’s so difficult to lose a great dog. Losing your best friend is difficult.
  2. There is something special about dogs’ ability to bond with their owners. That relationship can be difficult to lose. I am sorry you lost your dog.
  3. Life is too short for dogs. We get to watch them as puppies all the way through old age. A dog will give it’s entire life to pleasing us. My condolences for the loss of your dog.
  4. They’re cute, funny, happy, protective, sweet, and understanding. What more could you ask from a pet or even a person? Your dog was all of these things. I am sorry for your loss.
  5. They broke the mold when your dog died. There will never be another one like him. I am sorry.

Sympathy Messages for Death of a Cat

When someone’s cat dies, you can use these messages for your sympathy card.

  1. Although cats are relatively independent creatures, you get used to having them around and miss them when they are gone. Sorry for your loss.
  2. I wish cats did have nine lives. Then I wouldn’t have to say “My condolences for the loss of your cat.”
  3. Cats entertain us with their athletic abilities. They pounce several feet, sprint quickly, and land on their feet. I am sorry for the loss of the athletic member of your family.
  4. It’s amazing how much you can miss a cat.
  5. Dogs may be man’s best friend, but cats are members of the family. Sorry for the loss of your family member.

Condolence Messages for Loss of a Fish

Use these fish sympathy card messages when you don’t know what to say about a fish that died.  These can be used for a variety of fish species whether goldfish or shark.

  1. Something is fishy about the way your fish died. I am sorry about your loss.
  2. My condolences for your fish dying. It was a blessing that it didn’t drown to death.
  3. It’s a good thing fish can’t drown, but I am sorry your fish floated.
  4. I will miss watching your fish swim around. I am sorry for your loss of enjoyment of your fish.
  5. I can’t believe how much I miss your fish. He was really cool and seemed to relax me. Please accept my condolences for your scaly friend.

Suggestions for Writing Pet Loss Messages

When you are writing a pet sympathy card keep these things in mind, so you can ensure an effective message.

  • Don’t make fun of the feelings the pet owner has. Sometimes people bond emotionally to pets and can go through the grieving process when they lose a pet. Be sensitive to this, especially if you are thinking of making a joke of it.
  • Don’t suggest that the person go out and buy a new pet right away, or mention the fact that it’s easy to obtain a new one. The owner had THAT pet, not just any other of the same type of animal. Some pets aren’t replaceable.
  • Don’t try to convince the person to buy a different type of pet the next time. It’s not the time to debate whether dogs or cats are better pets. No pet is going to be as good as the pet they lost.


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