Communication in Euthanasia of an Animal

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It is important that communication is part of a euthanasia. In most cases clients pets are a large part of their life, they would want it to be stress free and painless for there animals ending. The decision that the clients have to make to get to this stage is usually hard for them so it is crucial that they are clear on how a euthanasia takes place and the possible after effects. This is so that the client is not disturbed if any unfortunate movements happen once the animal has passed away.

Also communication in this situation will give the client a feeling that they are in safe hands and that the veterinarian knows what they are doing when is comes to making the last parts of their pets life as smooth as possible. Giving clients plenty of time to come to this decision is important, also giving them time to take everything in and speak about there concerns and emotions.

non verbal(facial expression) can give an expression on how we are feeling about the conversation. It is crucial to be aware of the facial expressions made in conversation. Posture is how the way you holding yourself, whether it be with your hands in the air or on your hips this can give an understanding on how you are feeling and can also put across mixed signals. Hand gestures, these can be used to really emphasise what is being spoken about. Proxemics, this is the space between you and the person you are communicating with. Haptics, this is touching the other person in conversation, this can make some people feel uncomfortable but usual with distressed client it works quite well with just placing a hand on there upper arm for reassurance. Appearance, this is important as a person will already know how they feel about you before a conversation has begun. Par...

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...rk out from their facial expressions and body language how they may be feeling then adjust my approach accordingly. I like to make my appearance to be well presented, I feel this makes me easier to be approached by clients if I have a welcoming and open body language for them to talk to me when working in practice. Firstly I assess the situation the client and myself are in. for example if the client had come to the practice for the euthanasia of there beloved pet, my communication would be much different if it was a client to be bringing their new puppy. I would use a kind and caring tone and ask the clients needs to try and make them feel in control of the situation. I would then reassure them that it is a kind decision and make fuss of their animal. This has worked for me in previous situations I have dealt with and have had positive feed back.
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