January 2015 Issue

Beyond the Guidelines and Checklists

We often face a difficult emotional struggle when deciding if it’s time to end a beloved cat’s suffering

Guidelines from the American Veterinary Medical Association understandably take an objective approach to euthanasia: “When animals are plagued by disease that produces insurmountable suffering, it can be argued that continuing to live is worse for the animal than death … The humane disposition is to act for the sake of the animal or its interests, because … the animal will be relieved of an unbearable burden.”

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