study of aging, age-related disease, and end-of-life events in US companion dogs. 23 To gather comprehensive information about death among participating dogs, the DAP created the owner-reported EndofLife Survey (EOLS), 5 , 25 which includes items
overcome these obstacles.
Another challenge encountered when analyzing end-of-life circumstances in companion dogs is that euthanasia is a common manner of death in this species. 7 , 8 , 11 – 13 In the US, there are no legal restrictions regarding the
American Kennel Club website. 14 The categories utilized were mature adult (n = 50 dogs), senior (51), and endoflife (28). Briefly, mature adulthood spans the time from completion of physical and social maturation until the last quarter of the estimated
times of need. For example, there are organizations 34 , 35 dedicated to supporting the mental health of veterinarians through peer veterinarians who understand the struggles they endure, such as coping with end-of-life choices for the animals in their
Practicing veterinarians often face situations in which a client is dealing with the imminent death of a beloved pet. Veterinarians have long practiced end-of-life care, palliative care, and euthanasia and are able to communicate the medical
rapid, painless, and distress-free death possible. 3 End-of-life decisions present challenges for both the veterinarian and the client during the euthanasia process. 4 The literature in physicians has shown that end-of-life decisions are often
Condensed from Jan. 15, 2017 , JAVMA News
AAHA, hospice association release end-of-life care guidelines
The American Animal Hospital Association and the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care have released guidelines on end-of-life
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In-home euthanasia versus hospice
The recent JAVMA News article “The end-all practice: home euthanasia” 1 brings much-needed attention to in-home euthanasia as an option for families seeking end-of-life
well as family and personal issues, profession, and lifestyle differ. 16 Eliciting client perspectives is particularly important in conducting end-of-life conversations because it guides discussions and enables the veterinarian to integrate information
and the only representative from North America.
Discussions about end-of-life care for animals are never easy—not for veterinarians or clients. The AVMA looks forward to continuing to provide such important guidance and valuable resources to our