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Putting Down a Pet Parkersburg 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.

VCA Dudley Avenue Animal Hospital
(304) 916-7917
3200 Dudley Ave.
Parkersburg, WV
Hours
Monday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Huddle, Nichol, Dvm - Parkersburg Veterinary Hosp
(304) 422-6971
1504 36TH St
Parkersburg, WV

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Smith, Tammy, Dvm - Animal Veterinary Emergency
(304) 428-8387
3602 E 7th St Ste B
Parkersburg, WV

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Vienna Small Animal Hospital
(304) 295-4521
2100 Grand Central Ave
Vienna, WV

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Mineral Wells Veterinary Clnc
(304) 489-2799
1631 Elizabeth Pike
Mineral Wells, WV

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Parkersburg Veterinary Hospital
(304) 422-6971
1504 36th St
Parkersburg, WV

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Casto, Anne, Dvm - Parkersburg Veterinary Hosp
(304) 422-6971
1504 36th St
Parkersburg, WV

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Kincaid Animal Hospital
(304) 422-6981
1602 Blizzard Dr
Parkersburg, WV

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Dr Alloway Belpre Animal Clnc
(740) 423-5111
1930 State Route 339
Belpre, OH

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Williamstown Animal Hospital
(304) 375-2676
105 W 3rd St
Williamstown, 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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