• General Practice & Preventative Medicine A PET'S QUALITY OF LIFE Many pets suffer with chronic diseases, such as cancer, that can often be managed in such a way that life is prolonged, although the quality of life is greatly diminished. For most pet owners this issue greatly influences the decision concerning euthanasia. Certainly, quality of life is a personal judgment; you know your animal[...]

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    PET LOSS

    1 Jun 2012

    Angell Memorial Animal Hospital General Practice & Preventative Medicine COPING WITH LOSS The loss of any close friend can be devastating, and pets can be among our closest companions. A pet frequently provides unconditional love, emotional security, and loyalty. Routine activities with an animal companion often provide structure, fun, relaxation, and social contact in our daily lives. [...]

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    Alex Lieber General Practice & Preventative Medicine PET LOSS&CHILDREN Death and dying are two of the hardest facts of life to explain to children. Very often, the death of a family pet is a child’s first encounter with this immutable law of nature. How we handle this event can have a far-reaching impact on our children’s understanding of death and dying. Eleven-year-old Maria,[...]

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    Dr. Dawn Ruben General Practice & Preventative Medicine THE LOSS OF A PET Because our pets cannot speak, we don't really know what what they are thinking. We must base our interpretations of their emotional state on their behavior – what they do in certain situations and under specific circumstances. When a person experiences the death of a human loved one, we may know they feel [...]

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    Dr. Debra Primovic General Practice & Preventative Medicine OVERVIEW Euthanasia literally means an “easy and painless death.” You may know it as “putting a pet to sleep” or “putting an animal down.” It is the deliberate act of ending life and undoubtedly it is a difficult issue. Pet owners who must make this decision often feel anxiety or even guilt, but when a pet is very ill[...]

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