Features April 2006 Issue

Hospice Care and Veterinary-Assisted Death

When “putting him to sleep” is not the end you choose for your dog.

Our culture’s ambivalence about death is no secret and no surprise. Leaving this mortal coil can be messy and exhausting, both physically and emotionally. So with our companion animals, we oftentimes beat death to the punch, scheduling it on our own terms by taking that teary-eyed ride to the vet’s office and saying a final goodbye on a tiled floor or steel table.

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