This month on SolaceShow, Dr. Donaldson spoke with veterinarian Dr. Cynthia Patterson. They discussed the many aspects of grieving a pet and why it can be so painful when a pet dies. Dr. Patterson shared her emotional process with euthanasia and tips for families who have to make that difficult decision.
Resources as mentioned during the show.
1. Vet Rec. 2013 May 25;172(21):555. doi: 10.1136/vr.101154. Epub 2013 Mar 14.
Veterinarians' role for pet owners facing pet loss.
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2. Veterinary Suicide Trend
About Dr. Cynthia Patterson
Dr. Cynthia Patterson is a veterinarian who resides in Denver, Colorado with her two adorable cats, Mr. Boo and Oliver. She has spent over 20 years in the field of veterinary medicine, with the last 10 years focusing on veterinary medicine as it relates to cats, dogs, and the human-animal bond. Cynthia graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 2008, and went on to complete board certification through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 2014 with a specialty in Canine and Feline Practice. Her overall focus as a veterinarian has been keeping pets healthy for longer, with a robust focus on wellness and preventative medicine, as well as with special certifications in non-invasive surgery and veterinary acupuncture. Motivated by the gentle relationship she had with her childhood cat, Tiger, Cynthia is committed to ensuring that families continue to share in the joy and personal health benefits that pets can bring into their homes.
In 2008, Cynthia was received the “Relationship-Centered Care Award” from the Argus Institute at Colorado State University due to her work with comforting pet owners who were going through difficult situations with their pets, such as terminal cancer diagnoses, chronic illness, unexpected death, and euthanasia. Throughout her career, she has gone out of her way to make sure pet owners feel supported when having to make difficult decisions for their pets. She feels there is no more difficult a decision than having to choose to say good-bye to a pet, and has been there to comfort countless families through the grief of losing their pets.
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