Managing pet loss grief and sadness

Treating your clients with extra compassion during this challenging time can further bond them to your clinic.

Pet parent grief is like no other. Supporting pet parents through euthanasia is one of the hardest parts of our jobs. We have all experienced the tremendous sadness of participating in the procedure that ends a pet’s life. No matter where you fall on the belief spectrum behind the right or wrong of euthanasia, I think we can all agree the sadness and emotional turmoil we experience during that event affects us all in some way.

The items a veterinary clinic has for a deceased pet – often through a third party – can help a client, such as the author, memorialize beloved pets. Courtesy Rhonda Bell
The pet owner’s perspective
Owners come to us for that last fateful appointment completely dreading every moment up until they finally say thei...


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