Veterinary Care and Death
During the pandemic, hospitals around the world were overwhelmed and overrun. Doctors faced tough choices about who was admitted. Even after admission, overworked and undersupplied hospital staff were not able to give every patient top-notch care. The same problems existed in veterinary hospitals as well. Distraught owners and fatigued staff were frustrated by the effects of Covid.
We have all heard the heartbreaking stories of loved ones dying alone in hospitals or dying from lack of available treatment. Just as these tragedies were playing out in the lives of people, similar stories of frustration, grief, and loss occurred with our pets. These are a few of those stories.
When we adopt a dog or any pet, we know it is going to end with us having to say goodbye, but we still do it. And we do it for a very good reason: They bring so much joy and optimism and happiness. They attack every moment of every day with that attitude. - W. Bruce Cameron
Animals have a much better attitude to life and death than we do. They know when their time has come. We are the ones that suffer when they pass, but it’s a healing kind of grief that enables us to deal with other griefs that are not so easy to grab hold of. - Emmylou Harris
People are born so they can learn to live a good life. Dogs already know how to do that, that's why they don't have to stay as long. - Anonymous 6-year-old