Rewire fixed ideas to ease personal torment over euthanasia

How we benefit by adopting the kinder role of “Mother Nature’s helping hand.”

If we can all rewire our fixed societal viewpoint about the pets we euthanize in practice, we will live with less angst and personal torment and improve our mental well-being. Our newly rewired thinking can reduce sadness, depression, and our profession’s suicide rate.

When this beloved dog developed a second bone cancer in his left front leg after having an amputation for bone cancer in his right rear leg, the prognosis was grim. Euthanasia was the best option when his quality of life declined to a low point.The connotation that society and our profession holds about euthanasia is associated with “taking life.” This accepted conventional thinking may impute veterinarians to automatically feel badly, even after they have delivered a ...


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