Why I Believe in Euthanasia at Home

Why I Believe in Euthanasia at Home

For the first few years after my graduation, my hands shook whenever I had to perform a euthanasia. I was overwhelmed by the weight of what I was doing and the grief of the owners in the room. I avoided the responsibility whenever possible. As I matured as a doctor, however, I began to realize that the emotion that makes performing euthanasias so difficult is also what makes it so important.

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Considering Hospice - In Animals and Humans

Considering Hospice - In Animals and Humans

There are obvious differences between human and animal hospice. For those of us who have had experience with human hospice, we think of it as a brick and mortar reality, a place where people go in the last days to months of their lives. Animal hospice is typically not a place; it is a philosophy of care. Animal hospice begins when owners decide to shift their focus away from diagnostics and curative treatments and onto care that maintains comfort and quality of life for as long as possible.

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