I am a veterinarian who values relationships; relationships with family, partner, friends, the outdoors, my dog and cats, service people, colleagues, clients and patients. Although I do appreciate material comforts and financial security, it is relationships that matter to me most.
Choosing to say good bye to our beloved pets by giving the gift of euthanasia is an important and often intimate time. It is the ending of a loving relationship, and it is why I want to have a relationship with my clients and patients before that time arrives. I choose to engage with those I care for, and to hold them in their grief and loss. In relationship I am able to do this best.
It is often a challenge to think about end of life, for ourselves and our pets. This sometimes leaves us scrambling on short notice to find the service we desire. I suggest giving consideration to a consultation about end of life issues before they are urgent, to developing a relationship with whomever you would like to help with your pet’s passing. If you have a veterinarian who is unable to attend in your home, it is a good plan to meet, in advance, with one who is able to provide that service in order to establish a relationship with him or her. This will help to assure the most gracious and peaceful process possible for you and your loved one.