Client video: Euthanasia-knowing when it's time

April 18, 2017
Mary Gardner, DVM
Mary Gardner, DVM

There is nothing better to Dr. Gardner than a dog with a grey muzzle or skinny old cat! Her professional goal is to increase awareness and medical care for the geriatric veterinary patient and to help make the final life stage to be as peaceful as possible, surrounded with dignity and support for all involved. A University of Florida graduate, she discovered her niche in end of life care and is the co-founder and CTO of Lap of Love, which has more than 130 veterinarians around the country dedicated to veterinary hospice and euthanasia in the home. Dr. Gardner and Lap of Love have been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, The New York Times, the Associated Press, The Doctors and numerous professional veterinary publications. You can usually find Dr. Gardner wherever the party isor the golf course!

The hardest question you have to face as a pet owner. Dr. Mary Gardner wants to help your veterinary patients have a perfect ending to their perfect life.

Mary Gardner, DVM, a co-founder of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, recorded this video for us at the CVC that you can share with your clients struggling with this difficult question. She has three things she wants clients to consider:

1. What ailment does your pet have? A dog with arthritis will have a very different progression of signs than a cat with heart failure or kidney failure."I want you to speak with your veterinarian," Dr. Gardner says directly to your clients, "and discuss all those symptoms that they're going to face and also what treatment options and medications you can do to make sure that they're comfortable."

2. What is your pet's personality? This is to ensure that whatever measures you will have to take, whether subcutaneous fluids or even administering a pill, will be OK with the pet. "We want to make sure still have a bond with your pet and make sure that their quality of time with you is still good," says Dr. Gardner.

3. What are your personal beliefs? Some clients want to take whatever measures they can to prolong their pet's life, while others may be ready to say goodbye sooner rather than later. "There's no right or wrong option," says Dr. Gardner. "We just want to make sure that as pets struggle, that we just don't push them until they're suffering."

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