How can you improve euthanasia appointments? Be a peacemaker

August 14, 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!

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Many veterinary professionals dread euthanasia appointments (which is understandable), but there are things you can do to make the experience better for everyone involved, says CVC educator and Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice cofounder Mary Gardner, DVM.

“The biggest change I would make is to ensure that every pet is properly sedated before the euthanasia,” she says. "Not only does it show a family?usually for the first time in a long time?that their pet is comfortable and relaxing, and having a really good snooze, it also helps the staff."

Should this added bit of comfort show up on the bill? Dr. Gardner doesn't think so.

"I don't think there should be an extra charge for having peace right before the end,” she says. “Remember that with families, their story with their pet is so important. And in stories, the ending is what matters most.”

Watch the video to hear more in Dr. Gardner's own words: