The Difficulties of Veterinary Practice and Pet Ownership
The bond between animals and their owners is a special and unique one. As pet owners, we often take for granted the depth of this connection, until something happens that brings it into focus. For veterinarians, it is a daily reminder of the power of this bond and the difficulty of making decisions in difficult situations.
Take for example the story of a 15 year old cat who attacked his owner’s dog. After discussing this with her husband, the veterinarian realized that the cat had been head-pressing prior to the attack, which is a symptom of a headache in humans. It is possible that animals experience headaches as well, although they would not necessarily show it in the same way.
The vet then took the cat for an MRI and discovered he had a brain tumor. This is a difficult situation for any pet owner, as there are financial considerations to weigh in addition to the emotional ones. It is not just a case of whether or not they have the money, but also how old the animal is and what kind of quality of life they can expect.
The truth is that veterinary practice and pet ownership can be a difficult and heartbreaking endeavour. As pet owners, we need to be aware of the potential physical and mental health issues that our animals may face, and be prepared to make difficult decisions in difficult times. It is a reminder of the importance of being aware of our animal’s health, and of the power of the bond between humans and animals.
0. “Veterinarian Karen Fine says we can learn a lot from pets : Shots – Health News” NPR, 13 Mar. 2023, https://www.npr.org/transcripts/1162585010