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Putting Down a Pet Anthony NM

The role of veterinarians is to facilitate that relationship by keeping animals healthy. Veterinarians have an increasing obligation to serve the committed pet owner with improved medical techniques and improved communication regarding quality of life and end-of-life care issues.

East El Paso Animal Hospital
(915) 996-1916
3370 Wedgewood Dr.
El Paso, TX
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Animal Boarding, Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Equine Vet, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary House Calls, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Northeast Veterinary Clinic
(915) 755-2231
9405 Dyer St
El Paso, TX

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Belvidere Animal Clinic
(915) 833-5777
7096 Westwind Dr
El Paso, TX

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Harwood Veterinary Clinic
(915) 755-5653
4404 Edgar Park Ave Ste A
El Paso, TX

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El Paso Veterinary Medical Association
(915) 833-1414
900 Country Club Rd
El Paso, TX

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Amy Shumaker, DVM, DACVD
(877) 604-8366
1220 Airway Blvd
El Paso, TX
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Banfield, the Pet Hospital
(915) 603-5659
655 Sunland Park Drive
El Paso, TX
 
Banfield The Pet Hospital
(915) 832-0700
600 Belvidere St
EI Paso, TX
 
Skyline Veterinary Hospital
(915) 755-7647
4424 Titanic Ave
El Paso, TX

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Crews, Barbara J, Dvm - Crossroads Animal Clinic
(915) 584-3459
4910 Crossroads Dr
El Paso, TX

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Informing Clients about Quality of Life and Death

By Alice Villalobos, DVM

Small animal veterinary practice today parallels the pediatrician model.

But veterinary personnel deal with five times more patient illness and death than most health professionals.

Despite the predictable frequency of terminal illness and death, many veterinary hospital personnel lack the skill to properly interact with bereft pet caregivers.

In addition, the intense exposure to end-of-life care issues and death causes some staff members to develop compassion fatigue, a type of burnout that may not be recognized or understood.

The human animal bond is now acknowledged and celebrated as an important part of people's lives and, at times, may be the best relationship a person has.

The role of veterinarians is to facilitate that relationship by keeping animals healthy.

Veterinarians have an increasing obligation to serve the committed pet owner with improved medical techniques and improved communication regarding quality of life and end-of-life care issues.

We also have an increasing obligation to provide support and reverence when a pet dies, and even reach out to comfort the client in the days following the pet's death.

But where and how do clinics become proficient grief management?

Tools for Staff
Some hospitals have hired counselors to educate personnel. Others give out pamphlets or have grief books in a loaning library.

Staff and doctors need to understand attachment and recognize and deal with anticipatory gri...

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