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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

True Love for A Pet

PETS: Success Story: Family chooses to give Nini the 17-year-old cat one more wonderful summer

Posted: Tue, Oct 11, 2011 : 8:15 p.m.

By Ann Arbor Hospital

End of life decisions are, sadly, a part of owning a pet. To euthanize or not to euthanize due to medical problems, quality of life, and (unfortunately) the cost of extreme medical care are all issues which must be weighed by responsible pet owners. Also, whether an owner decides to euthanize a beloved pet or opt for medical care, we should be careful not judge them for the choices they make.
In an ongoing series regarding end of life decisions, we will be discussing individual cases that will include success stories, some examples of grieving families who made a compassionate decision to euthanize, as well as ways many have come to terms with the loss of a beloved pet. It is our hope that there are lessons we can learn about the importance of pets in our lives, as well as ways we can nurture the animals we love, whether it be extensive medical intervention or a compassionate and caring end in the arms of someone who loved them.
This is the story of a family that went to extreme measures to extend the life of their beloved pet. For them, it was just not yet time for her to go. Although they recognize they extended their cat’s life for a short period of time (after all, Nini was more than 17 years old), they opted for a surgical removal of a tumor to improve quality of life, if even temporarily.

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