Our expert says:
Its very clear you couldn't possibly have done more for him. These illnesses and viruses can be deadly in even the best looked after pet. Sadly, really bad things sometimes happen even to very good people or animals. These are very early days yet, and yes, if you allow yourself to do so, you will get over this and remember Zuko with joy for all he was rather than sadness at what you lost.
The bond with a loved pet is more deep than anyone who has not been lucky enough to experience this, an understand.
We need to be cautious to try to love them AS A DOG, with all the marvellous dogggy characteristics they havem not not to think of them as a small hairy person. From what relatively little we know about dogs and cats, they are indeed capable of deep love, without the complex questioning we may have ; but if we allow ourselves too much to read human thoughts and ideas into them, we will misunderstand them, and not do them full justice for what they are, and how good that it. He loved you, and I'm sure he was aware of that to the end, and was comforted by your presence.
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