“Goodbye kisses” comforts animals and their humans at Alabama Animal Hospital
SMITHS STATION, Alabama (WRBL) – The love of a dog, cat, or other furry family member is one of life’s greatest blessings. This feeling is a precious fact to Smiths Station Animal Hospital.
When the end of life draws near, staff at the Eastern Alabama Veterinary Clinic understand that the sudden loss of unconditional pet love can be devastating and difficult to manage.
This week, the veterinary hospital posted a photo of a jar of Hersey Kisses titled “Goodbye Kisses”. without tasting chocolate. â
The post and the clinic’s kindness to families and their pets linked to animal lovers around the world who know that if chocolate isn’t good for dogs, at the end of their life it is a last bittersweet treat. The post has been shared nearly 100,000 times and the love is growing.
Dr Namie spoke to News 3 about the overwhelming response, saying the practice of offering treats and snacks to their euthanized patients is a practice they’ve always had.
âWe are trying to provide as much comfort as possible during a terribly difficult and emotional time. My staff always kept small snacks and chocolate bars especially for these dates. Typically these are treats that I wouldn’t recommend giving to my patients, but in their final moments I think it’s important to treat them to something special.
It’s not a service that customers expect or anticipate, but they seem to really appreciate it. They seem to find solace in knowing that their pets will go to Heaven with a full stomach and love in their hearts, âsaid Dr Namie.
If the weather is nice, Dr Namie says the clinic will help families organize a picnic outside to spend their last moments with family members.
âOur clients and patients are like family. So when we lose a patient, we really take them to heart as if we were losing one of our own. We recognize that they are saying âgoodbyeâ to a family member; in some cases, a family member who has been around for more than a decade. It is a pet their children grew up with and made a decade of memories with. Choosing to euthanize a pet is an incredibly vulnerable time. In many cases, this is the first time kids have to say goodbye to someone they love, âsaid Dr Namie.
In the veterinary field, Dr Namie believes compassion fatigue has become an epidemic. Smiths Station Animal Hospital says that making a family’s last moments with their pet memorable doesn’t take much, and it goes a long way.
The clinic hopes that more veterinary surgeries will start giving ‘goodbye kisses’ and renewing a sense of compassion and community.