As pet owners we easily sympathize, support and understand each other when one of our pets is sick or injured. It’s stressful, scary, and oh those thoughts that go through our head, the “what if’s”.
Now imagine being a person that see’s sick and injured pets each and every day? Or being a person that has to tell a pet owner news none of us ever want to hear?
In addition to this person feeling responsible for your pet’s health, they also feel the added stress and responsibility of putting you, the human, at ease as well?
You and I look to these people, depend on these people, put our faith in these people, sometimes with begging and pleading eyes. There are times we look to them hoping they can perform something short of a miracle to make our pets well again.
If you haven’t figured it out, I am referring to our veterinarians, our veterinarian technicians the front line/behind the scenes and office staff at our veterinary clinics and hospitals.
Once again I am hearing the sad news about a veterinarian that has taken their life. I do not know this vet or what they were going through at the time to have to made such a decision.
The veterinarian community is in mourning once again.
Throughout the years I have met many veterinarians, registered veterinarian technicians, and veterinary staff. All are passionate about their chosen field and without a doubt; passionate about the animals they care for, that’s why they do what they do.
All I can say is, please, as a fellow pet owner; remember that your veterinarian, your veterinarian technician, and the staff at your vet clinic and hospital want only what’s best for your pet. They, just like you, want your pet to be the happiest and healthiest it can be.
We need to support this group of amazing people that we depend on in our pet’s time of need. We need to support this group of people just as they support and comfort us and our pets. These are the people we look to when we need to feel like everything is going to be all right.
How can we do this? I can’t say for sure, everyone has his or her own way of showing appreciation.
But how about starting with something as simple as saying: “Thank you”
Need someone to talk to?
In Ontario, Canada: Mental Health Helpline 1-866-531-2600
In the US: National Suicide Prevention: 1-800-273-8255