Making the decision to leave a sick animal at the veterinary hospital is frequently one of the most difficult ones that pet owners have to make. Since both dogs and cats don't fare well being away from home in the first place, having to part, even for a few days from their human companion can cause additional stress on top of their illness.
While most veterinary hospitals invite human companions to visit their pets daily to booster their spirits and renew their bonds, when "visiting hours" are over, it can be quite painful and upsetting for both human and pet to have to bid adieu. It can be heart-wrenching for both.
Ziggy Stardust: Kim's delightful canine
While I was browsing one of my favorite pet related websites, Petside.com, I discovered a featured article about a Veterinary Clinic whose mission is very unique. Located in Westbury, New York, The Center for Specialized Veterinary Care is the "Cat's meow". They sure aren't "putting on the dog" with what they have to offer.
This clinic truly believes that keeping pet owners and their "fur" babies together in a time of major stress is good medicine. They subscribe to the philosophy that there is a necessity to not only focus on providing superior veterinary care for the ailing pet, but to also to meet the emotional needs of both pet and its family. They use a holistic approach to treatment to the nth degree.
Their Compassionate Care Center is geared to meet these needs. This is the first time I have ever seen a veterinary clinic of this type, and one to which I give a huge "paws up" for providing this important level of care.
I fervently hope that other veterinary facilities will follow their lead and begin to provide similar accomodations for their clients.
Would you want to be able to keep your pet company while he or she is hospitalized? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.