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Putting Down a Pet Southaven MS

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.

Drennan Animal Hospital
(901) 305-8854
1890 N Germantown Pkwy Ste 103
Cordova, TN
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Snowden Grove Animal Hospital
(662) 536-1916
5165 Getwell Rd
Southaven, MS

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De Soto County Animal Clinic
(662) 342-4899
8330 Highway 51 N
Southaven, MS

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Emergency Animal Hospital
(662) 393-1116
3390 Goodman Rd W
Horn Lake, MS

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Raines Road Animal Hospital
(901) 396-7641
1127 East Raines Rd
Memphis, TN
 
Tina Brown, MS, DVM, DACVD
(901) 624-9002
830 N Germantown Parkway
Cordova, TN
 
DeSoto County Animal Clinic
(662) 342-4899
8330 Hwy 51 N
Southaven, MS

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Greenbrook Animal Hospital
(662) 342-6100
8928 Swinnea Rd
Southaven, MS

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Open Arms Animal Hospital PA
(662) 393-8872
6760 Hurt Rd
Horn Lake, MS

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Antey, Shellie J, Dvm - Germantown Farmington Animal
(901) 754-4870
1975 Exeter Rd
Germantown, TN

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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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