How can you improve euthanasia appointments? Be a peacemaker

How can you improve euthanasia appointments? Be a peacemaker

Proper sedation can give your veterinary patients’ stories the peaceful ending your clients and team desire.
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Aug 14, 2017

Many veterinary professionals dread euthanasia appointments (which is understandable), but there are things you can do to make the experience better for everyone involved, says CVC educator and Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice cofounder Mary Gardner, DVM.

“The biggest change I would make is to ensure that every pet is properly sedated before the euthanasia,” she says. "Not only does it show a family―usually for the first time in a long time―that their pet is comfortable and relaxing, and having a really good snooze, it also helps the staff."

Should this added bit of comfort show up on the bill? Dr. Gardner doesn’t think so.

"I don't think there should be an extra charge for having peace right before the end,” she says. “Remember that with families, their story with their pet is so important. And in stories, the ending is what matters most.”

Watch the video to hear more in Dr. Gardner’s own words: