As we started a new year I, like many others, took a little time to look back at the years past. Not just 2017, but further back. One particular pet made me realize that I have been a part of the Avon Animal Hospital family for quite a while.
I delivered this puppy by Caesarean section. I saw her take her first breath. I bottle raised her along with her sister for 6 weeks in my own small apartment that I lived in when I first arrived in Windsor. I found them both loving homes. This puppy was in every year for 15 years for her annual check-ups, and sometimes more frequently for the medical issues she had in her later years. When the time came that she was no longer having the quality of life that she deserved, I was with her when she drew her last breath. It made me realize that while I don’t have quite such an intimate involvement with all of my patients, I have been present for at least a whole generation of pets and the lives of our clients and their families. Those puppies and kittens of my first years here have mostly lived their full lives by now.
At the same time, I realized that our clients children that were barely able to peer over the edge of the counter are now young adults, all grown up and bringing in pets of their own. I hope that they took in a little of what they learned when they tagged along as kids that will help them care for the new pets they will adopt in the years to come. I look forward to the future generations coming along; of both the 4-legged and 2-legged kind.
By Dr. Janet Comeau