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Terminal bond problems

By Myrna Milani

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Because the human-animal bond is often portrayed in strictly positive terms, it is easy to forget that it possesses an equally dark side that may complicate life for clients, patients, and veterinarians in many different ways. Among these are 3 bond-related situations that may result in the owner either giving up on or euthanizing the animal before the practitioner believes this is justifiable: the client • has no attachment to the animal, • has a negative relationship with the animal, • is attached to what the animal symbolizes rather than the animal itself.


Deborah Maron

Date 2005
Publication Title Can Vet J.
Volume 46
Issue 10/October
Pages 942-4, 946
Publisher Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
URL http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2834508/pdf/16454389.pdf
Language English
Column Title The Art of Private Veterinary Practice
Additional Language French
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Animals
  3. Anxiety
  4. Health
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  7. Pet ownership
  8. Pets and companion animals
  9. Relationships
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