June 01, 2009

 

 Guide helps veterinarians counsel clients with ill pets

posted May 16, 2009
 
 

The Argus Institute is offering veterinarians a new resource to help clients making tough decisions about their sick pet.

"What Now? Support for You and Your Companion Animal" is a comprehensive guide written by the Argus Institute, which is part of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. Argus is a teaching, research, and service organization devoted to counseling pet owners through loss and to improving veterinarian-to-client communication.

"What Now?" helps veterinarians support their clients when their animal is sick, when the clients are facing an end-of-life decision for their pet, and when coping with the loss of a companion animal.

Each section includes recommendations to clients for understanding the emotional process they'll go through, techniques for decision making, approaches for talking to family members, and self-care tips for dealing with grief.

"What Now?" is designed to care for clients of both small- and large-animal veterinary clinics. To order "What Now?" or request a sample, contact the Argus Institute at (970) 297-4143, or visit the Web site at www.argusinstitute.colostate.edu.