Why the option of euthanasia has stunted palliative care's development in the animal world
Should the veterinary profession’s justification for euthanasia ever apply to human beings?
My beloved Labrador was almost 15 years old when, in the last few weeks of her life, her back legs began to give way.
Having once been the most devious and gluttonous food thief, she had become painfully thin.
She spent much of her time drinking copiously and, in addition to the effects of old age, we suspected kidney failure and malignancy.
But despite her appearance I never thought she was suffering, at least until her last days. If I produced a ball, she shook off 14 of her 15 years and played like a puppy again.
During her final six months many people, including family members, asked me if I thought it was cruel to keep her going.
Even our trusted vet had tentatively suggested...
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