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It has been almost exactly one year since I put my dog down. He was my joy for more than fourteen years, and watching him decline and making the decision to cut his suffering short were among the hardest things I have ever done. I went through everything people here do: I was a train wreck of grief, guilt, loss, and depression for many months. I still miss him. I still cry sometimes, like now, as I approach the anniversary of his death even as fall is coming. Fall was our favorite season for outside dog adventures.

However, there is one thing that happened that I wanted to post here because I have not seen it posted often. I also got sick. I had bad chest pains for a couple of months after he died. I also got a series of infections that required multiple courses of antibiotics. I got the flu not once, but twice. I am just starting to get my health back, but I am weak, in part because I have not been able to exercise for a solid year.

Stress, like the stress of loss, can take a hammer to your immune system. I did not know; I was not prepared. If you are have lost a beloved animal, please treat yourself gently and take extra good care of your body. Exercise helps you sleep more deeply, and being well rested is a good beginning for fighting depression.

Hugs to all of you.

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Thank you for posting this. My cat was hospitalized for 3 nights and I started getting sick. She came home and I thought I’d gotten better. But then her health took a turn for the worst 3 days later and I had to make the decision to put her to sleep. I immediately got very sick. That was Tuesday and I’ve been sick with a terrible cough since.

I hope your health continues to return. The physical toll grieving takes on us, I wasn’t expecting it either. Hugs to you.
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