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Feature June 2016 Issue

At What Age Do You Stop Treatment?

Many cat owners will eventually reach a point when itís unclear if continued treatment is the best course of action. A trusted vet can often be a good advocate.

At What Age Do You Stop Treatment?

Weighing in the quality of life remaining for your beloved cat against the prognosis ó and cost ó can be difficult. Here are some factors to consider.

First scenario: Your 14-year-old cat has a large but benign tumor in one of her toes that is causing her pain and interfering with her mobility. You decide to:

(a) Schedule a surgery to excise the tumor.

(b) Realize that the tumor is causing pain and limiting her freedom and will euthanize her when you have to because the risks of anesthesia that go along with the surgery are too great.

(c) Wait and see.

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