Pet Loss Support Hotline Established at the College of Veterinary Medicine
Human adaptations to a modern, mobile society have resulted in companion animals serving as children, best friends, and partners to single, divorced, and widowed adults. In addition, animals provide individuals with eyes, ears, protection, and friendship. It is not surprising that pet owners often compare veterinarians to pediatricians. Both pediatricians and veterinarians treat the most vulnerable and dependent members of the family, and clients believe health care providers to be sensitive, compassionate, and caring individuals. With these expectations in mind, the veterinarian's response to pet loss has a major influence on client relations and the financial success of the veterinary practice.