Good article about the pain of losing a pet. It is never a mild affair but a family affair when we lose a pet because in reality the pet is really a family member.
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The article, Losing a pet is a family affair, by Jennie Geisler states
“It’s no easy thing to watch a beloved pet die. But cats, dogs and other pets simply don’t live as long as we do. A vet and a counselor offer advice on how to navigate the emotions when a family pet dies.
Eric Deane Twitchell, a veterinarian at McKean Veterinary Hospital, spoke quietly, as if he had a lump in his throat. He’d just come to the phone from euthanizing a 20-year-old cat, Sophie, surrounded by her family as she fell asleep for good.
″(Pet death) is such a common thing,” Twitchell said. “I’ve been on the end of it myself, but I can tell you, fewer things are harder, especially when there is ambiguity to it.”
He was referring to the decision by a pet owner that it’s time to end the pet’s life due to illness. His most recent case was one like that.
“Sophie was hit by a car over a year ago, crushed pelvis,” he said. “She was 19 when that happened. She did really well for a year. But her people made the decision based on the quality of life of the animal that it was time.”
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