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If veterinarians follow the pediatrician model, we need to inform the “parents” about their pet’s condition. Are physicians and veterinarians too blunt when they inform us with the statistical prognosis?

Alan Algee
(207) 973-0505
Bangor, ME
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Addictions and Dependency, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling, Supervision
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Master Addictions Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Ann Soule
(207) 973-6865
Bangor, ME
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Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Supervision
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National Certified Counselor

Veazie Veterinary Clinic
(877) 553-7088
1522 State St
Veazie, ME

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Bangor Veterinary Hospital
(207) 947-7103
1648 Broadway
Bangor, ME

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Eastern Maine Emergency Vetry
(207) 989-6267
15 Dirigo Dr
Brewer, ME

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Mindy Rice
(207) 973-6681
Bangor, ME
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Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
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National Certified Counselor

Dorothy Breen
(207) 581-2479
Orono, ME
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Childhood & Adolescence, Counselor Education, Couples & Family, School, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
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National Certified Counselor

Hoffman, Tori, Dvm - Bangor Veterinary Hospital
(207) 947-7103
1648 Broadway
Bangor, ME

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Brewer Veterinary Clinic
(207) 989-6531
111 Pierce Rd
Brewer, ME
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Mon 07:00 AM-05:30 PM;Tue 07:00 AM-05:30 PM;Wed 07:00 AM-05:30 PM;Thu 07:00 AM-08:00 PM;Fri 07:00 AM

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20 Stillwater Ave
Orono, ME

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Why is Deception So Common?

It has always bothered me when doctors and nurses blandly tell dying human patients that they will be “OK.” I am also bothered when I hear veterinarians and their support staff tell pet owners that their pet is going to be “all right” despite a poor prognosis looming overhead.

We may feel guilty if we take away a person’s hope, but should we lie about reality? Deception is all too common a habit in the human health care field, but should veterinarians also support the false hopes of their clients? Should frank lies come straight from health care professionals who encourage terminal patients to thrash in the gears of the “mindless machinery” of medicine? Is there harm in giving clients the truth about their pet’s actual condition and probable prognosis, at least as a reality check?

If veterinarians follow the pediatrician model, we need to inform the “parents” about their pet’s condition. Are physicians and veterinarians too blunt when they inform us with the statistical prognosis? Is there a more compassionate way to say, “You have six months to live”? How can this difficult information be gently delivered to the family without ripping their hearts out and stomping on their hope?

Deception is commonplace in the human and pet food and supplements industry. We know that 38 percent of the labels in the supplement and nutraceutical industry are not what they claim to be.

In a 2008 University of Chicago medical ethics survey of human oncologists, 73 percent said progno...

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