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Features May 2016 Issue

At What Age Do You Stop Treating your Dog?

Age is not a disease. There are plenty of conditions that old dogs should be treated for, even if it means putting them under anesthesia.

At What Age Do You Stop Treating your Dog?

Factoring in time left against the prognosis (and cost) can be tricky business.

1. Your 13-year-old dog has laryngeal paralysis, a progressive condition that is making it harder and harder for her to breathe. She’s getting to the point where she’s literally struggling to take breaths. You

a) Schedule a surgery to treat the condition.
b) Know that the breathing problem is going to continue to worsen and will just put her down when you have to because the risks of anesthesia that go along with the surgery are too great for her.
c) Wait and see.

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