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Feature July 2015 Issue

When Doctor Becomes Client

Catnip contributor and NYC veterinarian Arnold Plotnick, with his cat Crispy.

When Doctor Becomes Client

When his own cat became very sick, Catnip contributor Dr. Arnold Plotnick experienced the harrowing view from the other side of the exam table.

Many people assume that the hardest part of my job as a veterinarian must be putting pets to sleep. Surprisingly, it isn’t. Putting a beloved pet to sleep is certainly the saddest part of my job, but by the time we’ve reached the point of euthanasia, we’ve run out of options for maintaining a good quality of life for the cat, and humanely ending the cat’s life is the proper and kind thing to do. …

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