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Putting Down a Pet Westbrook ME

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.

Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic
(207) 370-1992
192 Brackett Street
Portland, ME
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Cumberland Animal Clinic
(207) 615-0683
212 Greely Road
Cumberland, ME
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Portland Veterinary Specialist
(207) 780-0271
2255 Congress St
Portland, ME

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(207) 761-8033
1041 Brighton Ave
Portland, ME

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Forest Avenue Veterinary Hosp
(207) 797-4840
973 Forest Ave
Portland, ME

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(207) 370-4938
973 Forest Ave
Portland, ME
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Stoneledge Animal Hospital
(207) 797-4292
607 Bridgton Rd
Westbrook, ME

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456 Auburn St
Portland, ME

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Wright, Robert E, Dvm - Cat Doctor
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183 Brighton Ave
Portland, ME

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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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