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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?

Dr. Rhoda Hurst
Floyd Counseling & Care Management
(540) 745-4357
115 W Main St PO Box 573
Floyd, VA
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Credentials: PhD, LCSW
Licensed in Virginia
26 Years of Experience
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Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Anger Management
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(540) 731-0838
Radford, VA
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Riverside Veterinary Clinic
(540) 440-1967
210 E Main St
Radford, VA
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Sandra Diaz, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVD
(540) 231-4621
Duck Pond Drive (0442)
Blacksburg, VA
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M-F by appointments

Town & Country Veterinary Clinic
(888) 661-1837
1605 N Franklin St
Christiansburg, VA

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(423) 292-3500
Blacksburg, VA
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National Certified Counselor

Town and Country Veterinary Clinic
(540) 632-2935
1605 N. Franklin St.
Christiansburg, VA
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Radford Animal Hospital
(540) 307-0906
7367 Lee Highway
Radford, VA
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Monday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Lynn Schmeitzel, DVM, DACVD
(800) 634-7871
426 Sugar Tree Road P. O. Box 130
Willis, VA
 
Appalachian Veterinary Svc
(540) 382-1100
1511 Flanagan Dr
Christiansburg, VA

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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.

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