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Doc Smith's Blog

Journaling about veterinary medicine, life in Cumberland Valley, pet care, and other topics.
Discussions of euthanasia, end of life, and medical practices.
Jul
29

Secondary Poisoning From Euthanasia.

Secondary Poisoning From Euthanasia.

Euthanasia is a tough subject. Reading the word 'euthanasia' immediately churns a negative gastric tightening because we remember. We remember how hard it was, and for many, the feelings of loss and heartbreak last forever. Still, we know that relieving pain and suffering is a calling that must be answered when our pets, friends, and furry family members reach that point in their lives.

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Sep
30

The Loss of a Pet

The Loss of a Pet

 I know that death is not a very pleasant topic of conversation, but reality dictates that the best time to deal with the loss of a pet is before it happens. In my years of practice, death is the hardest subject to help my clients through. However, I have found that being honest about reality is the best approach, even when it seems the most difficult. So I offer you an open letter. I have no idea what you may be going through today, but I hope that this might be a blessing.

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London, Kentucky, 40744
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