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Putting Down a Pet Morgantown 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.

Paw Prints Veterinary Clinic
(304) 554-9964
1745 Mileground Road
Morgantown, WV
Hours
Monday 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday Closed
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Animal Boarding, Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Mountaineer Veterinary Clinic
(304) 296-1667
239 Greenbag Rd
Morgantown, WV

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Animal Medical Ctr
(304) 292-0126
460 Hartman Run Rd
Morgantown, WV

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Casuccio, Alex G, Dvm - Animal Medical Ctr
(304) 292-0126
460 Hartman Run Rd
Morgantown, WV

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Middletown Animal Clinic Inc
(304) 366-6130
1615 Bobbeck Ln
Fairmont, WV

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Cohen, Jonathan L, DVM - Mountaineer Veterinary Clinic
(304) 296-1667
239 Greenbag Rd
Morgantown, WV

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Morgantown Veterinary Care
(304) 599-3111
149 N Main St
Morgantown, WV

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Hillcrest Veterinary Clinic
(304) 292-6933
3083 Point Marion Rd
Morgantown, WV

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Pet Central Veterinary Clinic
(304) 363-3556
RR 2 Box 1250
Fairmont, WV

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Thompson, Ronald M, Dvm - Middletown Animal Clinic Inc
(304) 366-6130
1615 Bobbeck Ln
Fairmont, WV

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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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