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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?

Judith Smithchild
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Smith, Tammy, Dvm - Animal Veterinary Emergency
(304) 428-8387
3602 E 7th St Ste B
Parkersburg, WV

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Kincaid Animal Hospital
(304) 422-6981
1602 Blizzard Dr
Parkersburg, WV

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(304) 422-6971
1504 36th St
Parkersburg, WV

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Dr Alloway Belpre Animal Clnc
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1930 State Route 339
Belpre, OH

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3200 Dudley Ave.
Parkersburg, WV
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Huddle, Nichol, Dvm - Parkersburg Veterinary Hosp
(304) 422-6971
1504 36TH St
Parkersburg, WV

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1504 36th St
Parkersburg, WV

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Vienna, WV

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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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