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Putting Down a Pet Huntington WV

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.

Equine Medical Ctr
(740) 867-0066
764 County Road 31
Chesapeake, OH

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Proctorville Animal Clinic
(740) 886-9424
6129 County Road 107
Proctorville, OH

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Tambling, Fred R, Dvm - Barboursville Veterinary
(304) 736-8939
6310 Farmdale Rd
Barboursville, WV

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Barboursville Veterinary
(304) 736-8939
6310 Farmdale Rd
Barboursville, WV

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Martin Veterinary Clinic
(606) 324-8036
1426 Grandview Dr
Ashland, KY

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Tri-State Veterinary Hospital
(304) 525-8387
6474 Merritts Crk Rd
Huntington, WV
 
Ayers Animal Hospital
(304) 529-6049
1514 Norway Ave
Huntington, WV

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Help For Animals Inc
(304) 736-8555
1 Humane Way
Barboursville, WV

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Olson Animal Hospital
(304) 736-1677
5980 Us Route 60 E
Barboursville, WV

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Dyer, Mike, Dvm - Ashland Animal Clinic
(606) 324-2984
3101 13th St
Ashland, KY

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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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