Caregivers, the Old, the Ill and their Pets

July 1, 2012 | Feature Interview |

This issue brings newcomer contributor Karen Henderson to our pages.  Her article entitled My Dad and My Dog is a heart-felt account about a daughter caring for her
elderly father and the dog that revealed much about the behaviour of people with dementia.

People of all ages are usually delighted with their pets.  This is often doubly true for those who are ill and aging.  Often for them and for people who live alone, their pets are
their best and constant companions.  It is common to read and hear about people
who leave their most prized possessions and their wealth to their pets.  Why is this so?
how is this questionable behavior justified?

Karen Henderson’s father was fortunate to have a devoted daughter who could care
for him with his dementia until his demise.  Not all of us are so lucky.  Many people
have to rely on their trusted and loving pets to help them through the day, to be their
sounding boards, to share a hug with and to ease their pain. it is not surprising that those
with pets go to great lengths to provide their ‘buddies’ with the best care and treatment,
even after they are gone.  The bond between pet owner and pet often seems unbreakable.

Veterinarians, of course, are a huge part of this life scenario and process.  They are
entrusted with the care of the pet family member and are regarded as a last line of
defence against that pet’s illness and possible demise.  They must be wise and choose their
words carefully when offering a diagnosis and plan of action to a pet owner and other
family members. hearts are in danger of being broken.  Decisions have to be made.

The skill of the veterinarian to do this well is not taught in a school or a professional
development seminar.  It requires the experience of trial, error, time and thought.

In this issue, there are a number of articles that shed light on good practice management
and common concerns that owners face with their employees.

Todd C. Slater offers advice on buying a condo as an investment in Toronto.
Timothy A. Brown suggests that veterinarians wherever they practice should live
where they work.  David Bazak describes how fraud can occur in a practice and
ways to prevent this from happening.

Andrea Chan presents pros and cons for a practice to become incorporated or not.
Dan Pisek writes on a team approach to marketing a veterinarian practice. Warren Mackenzie advises on the most important investment question.

These are just some of the offerings in this issue.  Natalia Decius of Full Contact
Marketing provides visual and literal amplification of the themes presented in the magazine’s articles.  Please read on and as always we welcome your comments
and suggestions.