Monday, December 15, 2008

*Taking a bow*

Thank you guys for your comments to my last few posts, especially my "world sucks" post. It is very hard to do euthanasia, and I for one always, *always* cry while I'm doing it. I used to not cry, but ever since it is *me* who is actually hitting the vein and depressing the plunger I've become a lot more emotional about the whole thing. I also cry when I see other people cry, so doing euthanasias in front of owners is always a tear jerker. I try to be "professional" but it doesn't cut it for me to see others cry, and think about what a great life the animal has had, or conversely, what a terrible one in some cases. On the other hand, though, sometimes I am glad we as veterinarians can perform euthanasia instead of having to do what our medical degree colleges do, which is watch people die in pain and agony after a lingering illness.

4 comments:

Purple Stinky Onion said...

I totally feel for you! You are going a great job!

Purple

woolywoman said...

Actually, when my vet teared up when she was euthanizing my dog, it made me feel comforted, like I wasn't making too big a deal. Now, she wasn't sobbing, and could still see and stuff, but definitely crying. I think it's fine to be emotional, when emotion is called for. Shows that you're in there.

Anonymous said...

You sound like my vet- a wonderful, caring, compassionate woman. I absolutely love her. She also cried when we had to euthanize one of my 5 Chins who developed renal failure. While euthanizing a pet is traumatic I was comforted by her compassion. God bless you!

Anonymous said...

My veterinarian cries during euthanasias too. We dearly love her, not only for her compassion and excellent care, but also because she's not afraid to tell clients the blunt truth when it's in the animal's best interests...