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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?

T Polinskey
(479) 783-7931
Fort Smith, AR
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Counselor Education, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Gerontological Counselor, Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Craig Cox
(501) 783-5353
Fort Smith, AR
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Corrections/Offenders, Couples & Family, School, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Rogers Avenue Animal Clinic Incorporated
(479) 452-4300
6905 Rogers Ave
Fort Smith, AR

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Fort Smith Veterinary Clinic
(479) 646-3700
5612 S. 14th
Fort Smith , AR
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Veterinary Medicine
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M-F 8:00 - 5:30 Sat.8:00 - 12:00

Labahn Veterinary Hospital
(479) 782-1234
4100 Kelley Hwy
Fort Smith, AR

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Luz Shaeffer
(479) 414-3543
Fort Smith, AR
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Aging/Gerontological, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Rogers Avenue Animal Clinic
(479) 452-4300
6905 Rogers Ave
Fort Smith, AR

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France, L C, Dvm - Eastside Animal Health Ctr
(479) 452-5700
9600 Rogers Ave
Fort Smith, AR

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Baker, B H, Dvm - Arkansas Veterinary Clinic
(479) 646-3478
7201 S 28th St
Fort Smith, AR

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Broadfoot Veterinary Clinic
(479) 632-2256
6509 Alma Hwy
Van Buren, AR

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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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