Over the years, I have euthanized hundreds of dogs and cats for a multitude of behavioral issues that made their life with their families unsustainable. The vast majority of them were young and physically...

  Should a veterinarian treat a patient as if the pet were her own?   Last year I was asked to do just this by clients I had just met. But making decisions as if a pet is your own is hard thing...

  I didn’t want to be a veterinarian when I was growing up. I loved animals, but I wanted to be a marine biologist. Of course you know that’s not the way it turned out, and I bet you suspect an...

“I don’t know how you do this. It must be so hard.”   Inevitably, a client will say this to me when I come to their home to euthanize their pet. My stock answer (which is completely true) is...

Today I saved a litter of kittens I’ve euthanized a thousand times. And it felt amazing.   I was the director of veterinary services at a municipal open admission shelter for over two years....

Being a caretaker is difficult. Managing a pet with multiple illnesses and multiple medications or treatments is difficult. If you have been doing this, there’s something you should know: once your...

  An excerpt from: Lucky Dog: How Being A Veterinarian Saved My Life by: Dr. Sarah Boston As veterinarians, one of the options that we are able to provide is humane euthanasia. I believe this is...

By: Jennifer Shepherd DVM   I am a veterinarian. This means, among other things, I am primarily a scientist and a compassionate caregiver. The scientist in me always needs to know.   I need...

By: Donald Consla, DVM   Avett found me about 6 years ago when I was at Roche Park. He didn’t have a microchip or license. I ran a “Found Dog” ad in the newspaper with no response....

By: Christopher G. Byers DVM,DACVECC, DACVIM (SAIM), CVJ   As veterinarians, we meet irreplaceable patients on a daily basis. Some of them are healthy. Some of them are sick. All of them (and their...