Clinic Stories


Euthanasias are done to relieve both animal and human suffering. One of the most poinient euthanasias I performed was done in a motel room. The dog's owner, a late middle aged women was going into hospice the next day. She could not bear leaving her 17 year old poodle with someone else and opted to have him put to sleep. Too weak to walk with a grotesquely tumor swollen abdomen, the woman lay in bed holding her dog, surrounded by family. Resolved at the death of her dog as well as her own impending death, she did not cry. She was dignified and grateful for my coming to the motel. Her dog, although on short time, was still living a functional life. Helping relieve a small part of her suffering was the more important part of my interaction.

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