Here’s a very moving story from veterinarian Douglas Palma about how it feels to be on the other side of the experience when a beloved pet must be euthanized. Having consoled countless others in the process, he realizes that he never really understood what it felt like to lose a cherished dog. It’s a very open and honest account of how the experience changed him as a person and as a vet.
It’s a sad tale, but an important and heartfelt one:
Those two days are with me every time I have to break bad news or perform euthanasia. Now when I say, “I understand,” I do.