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Grief Counseling for Pets Evansville IN

As we tend to the animals in our care, we will lose patients to death despite our best efforts. Often at these times, we are exposed to the emotions of the families who have loved them. For some, there are dramatic outbursts; for others, emotions will be put on hold for private moments.

Village East Animal Hospital
(812) 250-6900
1305 S Green River Rd
Evansville, IN
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Microchipping, Bird Vet, Declawing, Exotic Animal Vet, Reptile Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Chris Reeder, DVM, ACVD
(502) 240-0947
All-Pets Emergency Clinic 104 S. Heidelbach Ave
Evansville, IN
Hours
Every other Thursday, 8:15am-4pm

Epperson Veterinary Svc
(812) 867-3100
13659 Highway 41 N
Evansville, IN

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Highland Veterinary Clinic
(812) 867-6651
6805 Darmstadt Rd
Evansville, IN

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Helms, Bryan, Dvm - Warrick Veterinary Clinic
(812) 897-4855
186 State Route 261
Boonville, IN

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Warrick Veterinary Clinic
(812) 202-6909
186 State Route 261
Boonville, IN
Hours
Monday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Large Animal Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

All Pet Emergency Clinic
(812) 422-3300
104 S Heidelbach Ave
Evansville, IN

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North Park Veterinary Clinic
(812) 426-1435
2613 N 1st Ave
Evansville, IN

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Hawthorne Animal Clinic
(812) 838-6493
903 E 4th St
Mount Vernon, IN

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Burns, Sara, Dvm - East Pines Animal Clinic
(812) 897-0810
466 W Hwy 62
Boonville, IN

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Respect and Accept: A Look at Grief With the Veterinary Client

Death and dying are uncomfortable subjects. For some, it stirs up painful memories of past losses. For others, it is a reminder of our mortality or the mortality of those we love.

As we tend to the animals in our care, we will lose patients to death despite our best efforts. Often at these times, we are exposed to the emotions of the families who have loved them. For some, there are dramatic outbursts; for others, emotions will be put on hold for private moments.

As different as people are, so are their reactions. No right or wrong. We must respect and accept the fact that we all grieve and express grief in our own way and in our own time, and we must be there to support our clients through this time.

Often, we’re uncomfortable with client reactions. No one likes seeing someone sad and crying, and we fumble, sometimes, in an attempt to make them feel better. Recognize, first of all, that it’s not possible to make them feel better at that time. With that in mind, there are some things you can do and some things that shouldn't be done during those times of client grief.
 
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Ø Find a place for quiet

Whatever the situation—a client rushing in with an injured pet or a pet dead on arrival, or an expected euthanasia—find a quiet place for the family. If a comfort room is not available, an exam room is the next best choice. If they need to fill out paperwork, take it with you as you escort them.

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