Better vet policies needed

A local man in Terrace BC is raising concerns about the vet policies, and the need for quick and compassionate ways to euthanize a pet.

David Miller’s dog Kia.

Dear Sir:

Just recently I listened to a retired veterinarian speak about the situation here last year when a little dog was abandoned in Terrace.

The veterinarian explained that the dog’s owner more than likely could not afford the fee to euthanize his pet, meaning the owner had to resort to an unfortunate act.

I also have been in a similar situation where a pet of mine needed to be put down.

My old lab was having difficulty walking, was beginning to have seizures and was losing her ability to hold fluids. I’ve had this dog for going on 15 years. She was part of the family and my best friend.

I approached all three of the local veterinarians about having my dog euthanized and was extremely disappointed with their reactions as to how it would be done.

None of the responses were satisfactory. And when the time finally came for my dog to be euthanized, one told me that they were backed up and I would have to wait a week.

In the meantime my dog was having multiple seizures, three in one day.

So one morning I lifted up my dog and put her into the van, drove out into the bush and shot her. I’ve hunted over 40 years and this was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.

Now I am not saying all veterinarians are evil, but I do think the veterinary profession needs to set in place procedures and policies so that when a pet needs to be euthanized it can be done quickly, compassionately and without needless fees and prolonged waiting.

David Miller,

Terrace, B.C.

 

Just Posted

Police encourage reporting of suspicious events following reports involving children

Terrace RCMP are asking the public to report any suspicious adult interactions… Continue reading

Soup kitchen sees “groundswell of community support”

Donations toward looming tax bill push non-profit back in the black

College buys a yurt to boost student success

Round tent-like structure part of college instructional shift

Terrace husband and wife honoured for saving each other’s lives

BC Ambulance presented each a Vital Link Award for separate incidents of CPR

Council supports lobby for fair share of cannabis tax revenue

The City of Terrace is throwing its support behind a West Kelowna… Continue reading

Testing the Google Arts & Culture app

Going face to face with art

VIDEO: Fuel truck and train collide in B.C. causing massive fire

More emergency crews are still arriving on scene of a massive fire at the Port Coquitlam rail yard.

Back to work: U.S. government shutdown ends after Democrats relent

Short-term spending measure means both sides could see another shutdown stalemate in three weeks

Man lives despite malfunctioning defibrillator at B.C. arena

A middle-aged man went into cardiac arrest after at game at Pitt Meadows Arena last Wednesday.

Cause of Northern B.C. seaplane crash released

TSB releases report on seaplane crash during a water landing in 2016 near First Nations community

Vancouver police crack down on pop-up pot vendors

Officers raided merchants’ tables on Robson Square late Sunday

Bell Media, NFL take appeal over Super Bowl ad rules to top court

At issue is a ban on substituting American ads with Canadian ones during the game’s broadcast

Crown seeks 4.5 years jail for B.C. woman convicted of counselling tax evasion

Debbie Anderson the latest from group to face jail for teaching debunked ‘natural person’ theory

UPDATE: Brother of B.C. teen killed by stray bullet says the death left a void

Alfred Wong, 15, was gunned down in Vancouver while on his way home from dinner with his family

Most Read