Study Looks at Veterinarian Attitudes Toward Euthanasia of Pets
Sometimes, pet owners elect to have their animals euthanized because they can’t or won’t pay for treatment. The other side of the coin is when the animal is suffering and treatment is futile but the owners refuse to consider euthanasia. A recent study showed that these issues cause moral distress for veterinarians.
America’s Oldest Giraffe Is Under Palliative Care at Zoo
The oldest giraffe in the U.S., Zoo Knoxville’s 31-year-old giraffe Patches, is under palliative care as the zoo staff prepares to say goodbye. Read her story.
Adding Veterinary Hospice Services to Your Practice
What is veterinary hospice? The authors define hospice and palliative care and discuss the importance of quality of life assessment, clear client communication, and use of best practices for pet care.
Bridging the Gap Between Terminal Illness and Euthanasia
Don’t be afraid to discuss hospice and end-of-life options with clients. Owners are usually anxious and distressed when confronted with an aging pet and impending loss. The veterinary team can help these clients by asking about their expectations and fears as well as explaining the hospice process. It is important for owners to feel at peace when remembering the last few months of their pets’ lives.
Handling Euthanasia In Your Practice
Mary Gardner, DVM, and Dani McVety, DVM Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, lapoflove.com We are not taught to be good at carrying out death: No one taught us how to walk into an examination room for a euthanasia appointment, what to say to a crying teenager, or whether to hug the elderly man who just …