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Updated euthanasia guidelines help ensure more humane passing
January 28, 2020For many veterinarians, euthanatizing animals is the toughest part of the profession, which is why the latest release from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) aims to make this practice as humane as possible.
AVMA publishes guidelines for the depopulation of animals
April 3, 2019The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has released Guidelines for the Depopulation of Animals, a set of procedures and direction designed to help veterinarians make humane decisions in critical situations. “Humanely ending the lives of animals is one of the most difficult, but necessary, tasks for veterinarians to oversee,” says chair of the AVMA panel on depopulation, Steven Leary, DVM, DACLAM. “During times of crisis or major catastrophe, depopulation of affected animals may sometimes …
Osteosarcoma: Beyond amputation and euthanasia
March 12, 2019When a patient is diagnosed with osteosarcoma, we tend to focus on three options: • the “gold standard,” i.e. amputation with or without chemotherapy; • what many call palliative care, meaning pain medication and rest; or • euthanasia. But what if amputation is not an option? What if chemotherapy or radiation is out of the owner’s financial capabilities? Or a couple of medications are not enough to numb the pain? What if …
Study finds veterinarians are often faced with high moral distress
October 29, 2018A majority of veterinarians experience widespread moral distress when receiving inappropriate requests for euthanasia and in instances of being unable to provide care, according to a new study published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.