Guest: Dr. Chris Pachel
Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB, CABC received his veterinary degree from the University of MN in 2002 and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2010. He has operated both house-call and office-based behavior practices and is currently the owner and lead clinician at the Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland, OR. Dr. Pachel lectures regularly throughout the US as well as internationally, teaches courses at multiple veterinary schools in the US, and has authored several articles and book chapters on topics such as Intercat aggression and Pet selection for animal assisted therapy. He is a sought-after expert witness for legal cases involving animal behavior and is also a Vice-president of Veterinary Behavior on the executive leadership team for Instinct Dog Behavior and Training, as well as co-owner of Instinct Portland, which was launched in the fall of 2020.
In this episode we discuss:
- Who makes the decision – the vet, the trainer, or the pet owner?
- How behavioral euthanasia is an “active choice” rather than a default decision – there is no formula, and this isn’t something that someone has to do because of a specific behavior pattern or problem, but rather an option that may be actively chosen due to safety or quality of life concerns that aren’t able to be mitigated.
- How professionals can support and guide pet owners through the process.
- The issues of guilt and shame associated with deciding to euthanize an otherwise healthy dog.
- The importance of self-care and good boundaries.
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