Rollin, B. E. (2007). “Ethical issues in geriatric feline medicine.” J Feline Med Surg 9(4): 326-34.
As veterinary medicine advances, more sophisticated techniques have become available to keep pets alive, and the increased value of pets in society has created an increased demand for such treatments. Veterinarians must grapple with the ethical issues around keeping an elderly sick cat alive too long. Part of the veterinarian’s role is to discuss quality of life issues with the owner, and also control of chronic pain and distress.
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