More than one option: Supporting clients to make end of life decisions about their pet
However they might appear, euthanasia decisions are rarely easy for an owner. Many will need to consider and negotiate with family and friends who we never see, but who may have a significant emotional investment in their dog or cat. For some owners, their pet is the main reason they get out of bed each day, and the prospect of losing them can be both heartbreaking and overwhelmingly scary. For others, their own mental or physical health, housing or financial situation may have changed leaving them unable to cope. This is particularly true in this time of great national uncertainty and loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This lecture will explore the importance of supporting people to make decisions about euthanasia. We will explore ethical, communications and welfare frameworks that can help support both you and your clients, and will look at lessons learnt during COVID-19.
- * Understand the complexity of euthanasia decision making for pet owners
- * Reflect upon what we have learnt about euthanasia decisions and practicalities during COVID-19
- * Evaluate how you can best support your owners, your staff and your own mental health before, during and after euthanasia consultations