Category: Euthanasia

Caring for Our Pets and Ourselves at the End of Their Lives

If ever you’ve lost a beloved pet, or you are close to losing one, I think this piece will resonate with you. My friend, Susan Shannon, who lives and works in California, is the author. She is an… Read More

Guilt: What is it Good For?

Marie felt certain she was responsible for the death of her beloved dog Jasmine. It was springtime when Jasmine’s cough began so Marie assumed that allergies were at play. When the coughing progressed Marie scheduled a veterinary visit…. Read More

Introducing Your Dog’s Best Health: A Dozen Reasonable Things to Expect From Your Vet

A few months ago, as I sat nestled with my laptop crafting a new blog post, my husband queried if I thought I might ever run out of words. Yes, he was joking, but this is the sort… Read More

A Naked Lady

It’s natural to assume that the grief associated with pet loss is a purely post-mortem event.  Not true.  For many, the grieving process begins the minute they receive a serious or scary diagnosis, even if the animal has… Read More

Puppy Mills: Part II

I received an abundance of feedback in response to my recent blog about puppy mills.  Thanks to all of you who took the time to share your feelings concerning this emotional topic.  Virtually all of the comments expressed… Read More

Puppy Mills: People and Their Puppies Pay the Ultimate Price

Twice during the last month, I’ve experienced feelings of anger while in the midst of euthanizing one of my patients.  Normally I feel mostly sadness, often combined with an element of relief knowing that suffering is gently and humanely… Read More

Back By Popular Demand- Dr. Nancy Kay on Fresh Air with Terry Gross!

“A Veterinarian Advises How to Speak for Spot” Monday, August 31, 2009 This week will be “Animal Week” on the popular NPR show, Fresh Air with Terry Gross.  The lead interview will feature Dr. Nancy Kay and her book, Speaking for… Read More

Traveling with Spot

Speaking for Spot has taken me on quite a journey!  My book has opened doors to many fabulous invitations and opportunities. Here are a couple of examples.  Three weeks ago I was honored to give the keynote address… Read More

Getting More Bark for Your Buck

Today the human-animal bond is stronger than ever. Seemingly, the more tumultuous the world around us, the tighter we cling to our beloved pets. They soothe us with their predictability and unconditional love, and they consistently give in… Read More

Zack

When I first met my Boxer buddy Zack and his devoted mom Jan, they were a rather intimidating pair. Both were distrustful, angry, and poised to bite – Zack with his teeth and Jan with her words. Zack… Read More