The devotion that pets show their human guardians is often called unconditional love. As pet guardians, we share our lives with creatures that sadly have shorter life spans than ours and at times we must demonstrate the ultimate gift of love-allowing our pets to pass. This decision is fraught with angst. How do you know it’s time? Do you permit your pet to transition naturally or do you enable the process? Is it best done at home or at your veterinarian’s office? How do you tell your children? Are you overreacting by feeling so devastated by their loss and are your friends correct when they say “get over it, just go out and get another pet…it was only an animal.”
Dr. Liz Fernandez addresses these questions and more in her book, Sacred Gifts of a Short Life. Each pet is different; each decision regarding their transition is unique. There is no right or wrong answer, only the one that is meaningful for you. Dr. Liz and her remarkable book will help you no matter if you are facing the passage of a pet, a human loved one or your own mortality.
Well respected within the Veterinary Community, Dr. Liz Fernandez has been practicing Small Animal and Emergency Veterinary Medicine since 1982. She is a graduate of UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
In 2000, she experienced the power of Chinese Medicine first-hand. Emerging from a serious injury totally healed, she vowed to share this profound ancient wisdom with her clients and patients.
Dr. Liz has completed over 600 hours of instruction in Chinese Veterinary Medicine through the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida. Currently, she is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture, Herbology and Tui-Na ( the Chinese equivalent of physical therapy, chiropractic and massage). She has also studied Tai Qi, Qi Gong, and Chinese Food Therapy.
She believes that, as animal companion guardians, we are the PRIMARY HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS. Her commitment is to share the Ancient Wisdom of Chinese Medicine to enable each of us to be as effective as possible in this role. She has given workshops locally over the past several years and has also had the opportunity to share these concepts internationally including China.
Dr. Liz understands that every being is a sacred expression of LOVE. This love is the essence of ALL HEALING. She is passionate about sharing how the power of Chinese Medicine can help us open our hearts to this truth and heal our pets, ourselves, and our planet.
Dr. Fernandez lives in Newbury Park, California, with Willie, her short-hair orange kitty and Yellow Lab Goldie. Ginger, her Black Lab, joined Sally and Chester "Across the Rainbow Bridge" on December 30, 2007. If you have a question or concern you'd like to discuss with Dr. Fernandez, she encourages you to call or e-mail her, regardless of where you live. She is committed to helping you help your loved one.