2016 saw the 20th anniversary of the birth of Dolly the sheep,
the first successfully cloned mammal.
What at first were heated, theoretical discussions about the
ethics of cloning changed in 2005 when a South Korean firm,
Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, cloned the first dog. A
year later, Sooam began offering pet cloning to anyone willing
to pay the $100,000 fee. Commercial cloning was now an option, albeit one limited to the wealthy.
In 2015, ViaGen, a Texas company that had been cloning
horses and livestock, expanded into replicating cats and dogs.
In October of that year, two litters of kittens were successfully
delivered, followed a few months later by a Jack Russell terrier.
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When talking to pet owners about
end-of-life care, look beyond the
patient’s medical condition.
January 2017 Volume 29/Number 1
A SERIES Help clients decide when it is time.
events and how
the veterinary team
MARCH The proper
approach to an
end-of-life event can
deepen client loyalty.
By Jim Humphries, DVM, CVJ
For Veterinary Practice News
Helping a client decide when it is time to euthanize their pet may appear to be straightforward. As medical professionals, we often view end-of-life cases from a purely
clinical standpoint, but we may not take into account many
nonmedical factors such as emotions, social issues, financial pressures or physical limitations.
How can we help our clients make this difficult decision,
considering the nonmedical factors that may not be obvious
and certainly not as easy to discuss?
Several years ago I changed my practice to in-home
hospice and end-of-life care. It has been a very rewarding
and eye-opening experience. I spend a great deal of time
counseling pet owners about the right time to say goodbye.
Being in the client’s home and often with the entire family, I am now much more acutely aware of the many reasons
that bring people to this decision. Some of the things I have
learned are both surprising and sad. But there is one clear
and universal factor: the need for better communications
between veterinarian and client.
gives clients an
By Jackie Brown, For Veterinary Practice News