Talkback: Pet Bereavement

People often say that a "dog is man's best friend", so when these loving companions pass away, how do people cope with pet bereavement? Is pet bereavement a recognized struggle?

Dr. Michael O'Donoghue discusses Pet Bereavement with ABC.

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Senior News Brisbane - June 2017

Dr Michael O'Donoghue has established Australia's first 24/7 Pet Loss support hotline. The service aims to connect grieving animal lovers with qualified and experienced pet loss counsellors. Call 1300 431 450

Channel 7 Weekend Sunrise - Sept 2017

Channel 7 Queensland invited Dr. Michael O'Donoghue to help shed a better light on pet loss and grief with the Weekend Sunrise crew. Losing a pet can be a significant life event that many don’t know how to handle.

Dr. Michael O’Donoghue aims to help people in this difficult time, by connecting grieving pet owners with the support they need. In this TV interview, he discusses the importance of the right support when going through the painful loss of an animal companion.

Caring for your Clients after the Loss of a Pet - AVA 2017

By Dr Michael O’Donoghue, Queensland

"What happens to people after they walk out of the room after euthanasia of their pet? What are they feeling and how are they coping?

Only a small number of practices ring their clients after a euthanasia to see how they are going. Some have tried, but given up because they have felt inadequate to cope with the reactions."

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This article appeared in the September 2017 issue of the Australian Veterinary Journal

Companion: Asava Magazine - Autumn 2013

Companion spoke to Dr Michael O'Donoghue about his session at this year's AVA conference on end of life decisions and client experiences.

Vet pleads for landlords to allow pets - Sydney Morning Herald 2012

By Dan Nancarrow, Jan 11 2012

Brisbane vet Michael O'Donoghue has seen too many people have to give up, or put down, their pets because they could not find a rental property that welcomed animals.

The People and Pets veterinarian is pushing for more pet-friendly rental properties to be made available to encourage more families to adopt animals and stop the displacement of loved family members.

Mr O'Donoghue's effort to publicise the need for more pet-friendly rentals, and his ideas for homes to be built to be more welcoming to cats and dogs, have been praised by the celebrity vet Katrina Warren as part of a competition calling for ways to create a pet-friendly world.

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This article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald in January 2012 (all rights reserved)