Over the weekend, The New York Times ran a fascinating story about end-of-life care for dogs. Although it’s a sad subject, it’s something all dog owners will have to face eventually. These days, dogs receive a lot of the same kind of care that people do—from dog spas to pet therapy—and now many veterinarians are offering hospice care to make a dog’s passing as comfortable as possible:
The approach, in the spirit of the human variety, entails ceasing aggressive medical treatment and giving pain and even anti-anxiety drugs. Unlike in hospice care for humans, euthanasia is an option — and in fact, is a big part of this end-of-life turn. When it’s time, the vet performs it in the living room, bedroom or wherever the family feels comfortable.
The whole article makes for a fascinating read, and it raises lots of questions about aggressive care vs palliative measures, how the death of a beloved animal should be handled within the family, and more.
What do you think?