By Dr. Rebekah Frost
Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for all that we have been blessed with! I am thankful every day that I have been placed in the position I am in. To help God’s creatures is a blessing beyond what words can describe. To be able to have thousands of patients that I treat as if they were my own pets is an honor and a privilege! Below is a simple prayer I wrote as we consider all that we are thankful for this time of the year.
A Veterinarian’s Prayer
Thank You for entrusting me with the job to care for Your creatures.
Thank You for giving me the heart to treat these animals on a day to day basis.
Thank you for giving me ability to communicate with these animal’s owners.
Guide my thoughts as I approach the ill patient. Guide me towards a diagnosis.
Help me choose the right medications to give these pets the best quality of life with their owners.
Guide my hands as I perform intricate surgeries on a day to day basis. Guide my instruments during every one of these procedures that I will be able to remove what I need to, tie the perfect sutures, and keep these pets safe while my assistants monitor their vitals under anesthesia.
Help me to understand my clients. Understand what they are going through, understand their pain, their hurt, and their struggles as they do their best to care for their pets.
Help me to not only be their veterinarian but a friend they can talk to and confide in.
Help me through the emotional ups and downs in this profession. Thank you for the joy of seeing an owner with their brand new puppy or kitten.
Thank you for puppy breath, and soft kitten paws.
Thank you for happy purrs and big sloppy kisses.
Thank you that I can see these pets through their entire lives with their owners.
Please help me stay strong as I say goodbye to these pets and help their owners through a very difficult time.
Thank you that I can ease these pet’s suffering, that I can provide a peaceful way for them to leave the pain they are experiencing in this life.
Thank you for the tears we share as we look back on these pet’s lives.
Finally thank you for the people surrounding me in this profession.
Thank you for their big hearts, their skilled hands, and their assistance with caring for our patients.
I am truly blessed!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!