Be informed before you bid farewell to your pet. One of the most difficult aspects of being a pet owner is making end of life decisions for beloved dogs and cats. While many end up deciding to “put their pet to sleep”, the euthanasia procedure remains a mystery for most people adding to the stress and fear an owner experiences at this critical time. Author Julie Reck is a veterinarian who has devoted her professional career to helping owners make more informed decisions about euthanasia. In Facing Farewell
, you will be provided with a complete description of the euthanasia procedure so that you will know what to expect and be confident that you have made the right choice for both you and your pet.
You will learn:
- The symptoms of pain and discomfort pets display as they approach the end of life.
- Information you should gather and share with your veterinarian as well as questions you should ask your vet about how she conducts a euthanasia procedure.
- What options are available in terms of medications and techniques used during euthanasia so you can be a more informed advocate for your pet.
- What happens when in detail during euthanasia so that you will know what to expect.
- 1. Human and Animal Perspectives on Life and Death
- 2. The Euthanasia Procedure
- 3. Animal Pain
- 4. How Do I Decide and Live With My Decision?
- 5. Final Thoughts
- About the Author
by Julie Reck, DVM, 2012, 82 pgs, eBook.
What others are saying:
walks families through the pending loss of a pet with gentleness while
offering a feeling of empowerment at the same time. Pet loss support begins well before the
death itself. Dr. Reck has provided the tools for a safe and healthy end-of-life experience for
both the pet and family."
- Dr. Kathleen Cooney, author of In-Home Pet Euthanasia: The Veterinarian's Guide to Helping Pets and Their Families Say Goodbye in the Comfort of Home
is an invaluable guide for the family facing the ultimate, important decision
in their pet’s life. Dr. Reck gently takes the reader by the hand and provides compassionate
guidance through the decision making process. Quality of life and pain assessment are
two very important considerations regarding end of life decisions, and they are thoroughly
covered. Families will find that the assessment forms included in this book are indispensable
for helping to determine “when the time is right.” Knowledge is freedom, and Julie helps free
the family from some of the anxiety and pain involved in making decisions in preparation
for saying that final good-bye to a beloved family member."
- Wayne Hunthausen, DVM. Behavior consultant, international lecturer and co-author of Handbook of Behavior Problems with Dog and Cat
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