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New Children's Book offers Help after Loss of a Pet

Being Brave for Bailey

Posted May 17, 2016 in A Pet's Life

I’ve been lucky enough to welcome many amazing pets into my life over the years, and each one has left a lasting and distinct impression. Pets are more than just companions; they’re a part of the family, and as they grow with us, we form an unbreakable bond. Sadly, pets can’t stay with us forever, and losing a pet can often seem impossibly difficult. Even for adults, grief can be overwhelming. For children, the process can also be profoundly confusing.  

Knowing this, Dr. Corey Gut, a veterinarian in Bloomfield Hills, has recently published a book that she hopes will help families, and especially children, cope with the loss of a pet. The children’s book is called Being Brave for Bailey, and Dr. Corey is hoping to get it into schools and libraries across the U.S. so that all families can benefit from this important grieving tool. You can help her with this mission by visiting the link below:

Recently, I was excited to be given the opportunity to interview Dr. Corey about the book, and her inspirational cause. Here’s what she had had to say.

Q. What was your inspiration for the book?  
Euthanasia and death are very frightening and confusing for young children. Many times, the loss of a pet is a child’s first experience with death. As a veterinarian, families have asked me countless times over the years for resources and advice on how to broach the topic of pet loss with their children. Since I couldn’t find anything available to help these families, I decided to write the book Being Brave for Bailey. I had recently diagnosed my sister’s dog, Bailey, with liver cancer and my sister was one of those clients looking to me to provide guidance with my young niece. The book tells the story of Bailey, a dog who is getting old and has become ill and the family needs to make the difficult decision to euthanize Bailey so he doesn’t hurt or suffer anymore. After reading the book, the parents have an entryway to discuss their own pet and some of the things that may be happening and decisions that may need to be made.  

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Jason has over 6 years of experience in the pet health industry and is managing editor of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.

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