Part of providing full-range-of-life care to our patients includes End-of-Life decisions and Quality-of-Life discussions. The decision to have a pet euthanized is not an easy one. It is our goal at T.A.H. to offer pet owners the options and support needed to allow and assist their beloved pet to face the end of their life with dignity and peace.
An unfortunate by-product of offering this service is the risk of the Veterinary Team experiencing something called “Compassion Fatigue" - a result of continually being the support system for grieving pet owners without taking the opportunity to allow ourselves to grieve over the loss of a patient whom we have many times provided years of medical care.
In an attempt to offset this emotional drain at T.A.H. we regularly take time during staff meetings to remember and celebrate the lives of pets who have passed away while under our care. Additionally, this past week, our team members Penny and Traci (with assistance from Jonathan) provided a home-cooked, comfort-food breakfast for our entire staff.
By feeding our souls, both emotionally and through the healing power of food… it is our ongoing goal at T.A.H. to help make one of the saddest days in your life as comforting and peaceful as possible.
What have you done that you have found helpful in working through the stages of grief after saying “Goodbye” to a pet?