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Veterinarian shows he cares | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

My wife and I recently lost one of our cherished pet cats, named Silky.

In 1996 we rescued him as a fully grown tomcat from a feral colony to save him from being euthanized by the anti-cat police that seem to be present in every community. We then spent many years earning his complete trust. We eventually did and he became a loving member of our home.

However, he was traumatized whenever we had to put him into a cage for transport. So, in order to avoid destroying the trust we had spent years building, we did not take him to see a veterinarian — the veterinarian had to be willing to come to our home to see Silky.

Not all veterinarians we have encountered over the years have been willing to do so. Many did not work weekends and many even refused to see our pets for emergency care after normal working hours.

As many pet owners know, finding a veterinarian who cares about animals first, and the bottom line second, is sometimes difficult.

Enter Dr. Eric Patrin of the South Whidbey Animal Clinic, in Clinton. Dr. Patrin is a relative newcomer to the South End, but he is a welcome and much-needed addition to the community.

Dr. Patrin is not only professionally competent, but he cares deeply about both the animals in his charge and their owners. After hours emergency care — no problem; weekend care — no problem; home visits — no problem. Dr. Patrin is there for his patients, not the other way around.

Dr. Patrin has provided excellent care to all of our pets for more than a year now, including the end-of-life care for our beloved Silky. He visited Silky at our home and worked with us to keep Silky as comfortable as possible before the final visit for euthanasia needed to be made. On three occasions we scheduled that final visit only to cancel at the last moment due to a resurgence in Silky’s energy. Dr. Patrin was completely supportive of our care plan and willingly made room in his busy schedule on short notice for Silky. Instead of being upset by the last-minute cancellations, Dr. Patrin was delighted that we would have additional quality time to spend with Silky.

Inevitably Silky succumbed to his illness. When he did so, thanks to Dr. Patrin he was in the comfort of his home and in the loving arms of my wife with both of us gently stroking him and telling him how much he was loved.

This world needs more caring, compassionate veterinarians like Dr. Eric Patrin.

NELS KELSTROM

Clinton

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