The cycle of life in my veterinary practice is constantly visible to me.

Last month, sadly, I’ve had a few geriatric and middle age patients, dogs and cats, that due to illness of a severe nature, and a grave prognosis, I had to perform euthanasia for them.

Death always pains me deeply, and in my practice I give a strong battle when the angel of death shows—and alas he does make his presence known.

Yet knowing that for these patients of mine, euthanasia can be done in a humane form, in a compassionate form, with the owners present, if they wish, brings me some solace.

But life goes on. Today Olive the Ridgeback puppy walked into my exam room, happy, full of life.

She placed her paw in my hand looked at me with her big puppy eyes and introduced herself. She told me with her big trusting puppy eyes: Life begins and ends for all of us, accept it Doc, it’s the cycle of life; it’s the river of life.

 

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