When we have a pet, we are attached, and the pet becomes a "person" and a part of the family. When our pet becomes ill, we might experience the same feelings as we would if a beloved member of the family is sick: sadness, crying, trouble sleeping, etc. Other things can get stirred up in your life by your animal's illness, e.g., memories of an earlier loss or currently someone has cancer or some other serious illness in the family. At this time you may want to talk with someone. Along with your veterinarian, there is a social worker who is part of the veterinary oncology team. The social worker is available for owners to talk with about their feelings.
The following might be some areas you might want to discuss with the social worker:
The social worker is a "listener" and doesn't give medical information, but will help you contact your veterinarian. If there is any way the social worker can help you, please do not hestitate to call. Quite often you will have met the social worker on our first visit to the clinic.
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