Dearborn Family Pet Care Veterinary Practice accredited in pet loss care
Compassionate care for owners at the end of their pet’s life
For many owners, the experience of losing a pet is heart-breaking and, for some, overwhelming. Losing a pet is losing a friend and, in many cases, a ‘family member’ too. Emotions run high and owners need to have support at this crucial time, which may include making the hard decision to bring a pet’s life to an end.
At this time, owners need to know that their veterinary practice will look after their beloved pet in the kindest way possible, as well be sensitive to their needs, as the pets’ carers. They need to know they will be supported with compassion and professionalism.
Dearborn Family Pet Care has gone the extra mile when it comes to caring for pets at the end of their life and put their team through specialist training, so clients get the best experience possible. The practice has gained platinum accreditation.
The training, run by pet loss specialists Compassion Understood, (www.compassionunderstood.us.com), helped the team get to grips with a highly emotional topic, by offering practical advice on protocols and veterinary procedures to make a pet’s end of life as smooth and trouble-free as possible, as well as learning more about the different stages of grief, and understanding how owners feel at the time – including guilt, shock and despair.
The team at Dearborn Family Pet Care also directs clients to the Compassion Understood website, which provides clear and reliable information about a pet’s end of life and helps owners with the decision-making process, as well as offering advice on the grieving process and coping afterwards.
Owners wishing to discuss a pet’s end-of-life care can phone the experienced reception team at the practice and they will offer support and advice, no matter the age or species of the pet.
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