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...


VPNPlus

You’ve landed on a members-only feature.

If you are already a member, please log in below.

Join VPN Plus+ today to get access to this feature and more like:

  • Members-only content:
    •   In-depth case studies
    •   New protocols
    •   Detailed practice management strategies
    •   More from some of your favorite columnists like Patty Khuly and Brennen McKenzie
    •   Exclusive webinars, roundtables and videos
  • And additional benefits including:
    •   VIP discounts to VetMedTeam online education and VetCE events
    •   An annual ‘Vet Box’ full of curated products just for you!