All Dogs May Go to Heaven. These Days, Some Go to Hospice.

December 1, 2013 7:34 PM

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All Dogs May Go to Heaven. These Days, Some Go to Hospice.

Around the country, a growing number of veterinarians are offering hospice care, and marketing it as a way to give cats and dogs — and their owners — a less anxious, more comfortable passing.

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 liv...

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