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The human-animal bond and grief

By Laurel Lagoni, Suzanne Hetts, Carolyn Butler

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This book is based on the teaching programme at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. It is written for the veterinary practitioner and offers specific guidelines to help the veterinarian guide clients through the situation of the death of a companion animal. The guidelines cover: recognition of the normal manifestations of grief; how to acknowledge the significance of the human-animal bond; the role of the veterinarian in the grieving process; how to deal with emotionally charged situations and to break bad news; how to support clients during medical emergencies, diagnosis, treatment and decision-making; how to suggest, plan and perform euthanasia with the client present; what to do after death. There are also guidelines on what to do with special populations such as children and senior citizens, and how to respond to common emotional and ethical dilemmas.

Date 1994
Pages xx, 470 p.
ISBN/ISSN 0721645771
Publisher Saunders
Language English
Notes ill. ; 23 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 456-459) and index. Laurel S. Lagoni, Carolyn Butler, Suzanne Hetts. Book
Author Address College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Fort Collins, CO, USA.
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal roles
  2. Grief
  3. Human-animal bond
  4. Human-animal relationships
  5. Pet loss
  6. Pet owners.
  7. Veterinarians