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Tender Mercies

Veterinarians are increasingly focusing on ways to offer quality end-of-life care for pets. For instance, membership in the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) has grown from 25 members in 2008 to nearly 400 members in early 2016. Practices report success offering at-home hospice care and euthanasia, pet loss support groups, and classes for senior dogs to increase mobility, as well as exploring alternative modalities like acupuncture, e-stim, and laser...

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Home Hospice: Practice ventures into “the gray area”

“THROUGH ALL OF THE YEARS I’VE PRACTICED, I’ve always felt there was a missing piece—a gap—in veterinary care,” says Cindy Houlihan, DVM, owner of the Cat Practice in Birmingham, Mich. “Traditionally, our profession has offered two extremes. One was to do everything we could, which almost always involved aggressive treatments or surgeries. The other extreme was euthanasia. There really wasn’t much in the middle, that gray area. “Our hospice program has reaffirmed for me that we...

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