Why I Believe in Euthanasia at Home

Why I Believe in Euthanasia at Home

For the first few years after my graduation, my hands shook whenever I had to perform a euthanasia. I was overwhelmed by the weight of what I was doing and the grief of the owners in the room. I avoided the responsibility whenever possible. As I matured as a doctor, however, I began to realize that the emotion that makes performing euthanasias so difficult is also what makes it so important.

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Considering Hospice - In Animals and Humans

Considering Hospice - In Animals and Humans

There are obvious differences between human and animal hospice. For those of us who have had experience with human hospice, we think of it as a brick and mortar reality, a place where people go in the last days to months of their lives. Animal hospice is typically not a place; it is a philosophy of care. Animal hospice begins when owners decide to shift their focus away from diagnostics and curative treatments and onto care that maintains comfort and quality of life for as long as possible.

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What Phoebe the Westie Taught Me About Active Senior Pets

What Phoebe the Westie Taught Me About Active Senior Pets

A friend, Clare (who is not yet in her 40s), recently visited me with her dog, Phoebe. Clare and Phoebe live in Chicago, so Clare was excited to get out and do some hiking in the North Carolina mountains. I was excited too, but I was concerned that she wanted Phoebe to come with us. I’m a worrier by nature, so I had visions of snake bites, paw lacerations, and Phoebe getting a little too close to the edge of a rocky cliff. But my biggest concern was Phoebe’s stamina. Phoebe is an 11 year old Westie. She is active, but I had serious doubts about her ability to maneuver in the rugged terrain and to keep up on the 6-8 mile hike that we had planned.

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What Meridian Means to Me

What Meridian Means to Me

When I got the text, I stood on that ridge line, looked out over the North Carolina side, and cried. I was sad, of course, but I also felt a renewed sense of the importance of the career I had left behind. I understood that I had made a difference in the lives of that owner and that dog, and they had made a profound impact on me. 

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