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Choosing a Final Good-Bye Away from the Vet’s Office

Choosing a Final Good-Bye Away from the Vet’s Office

The pros and cons of opting for euthanasia at home or another specially chosen place.

For 16 years, California resident Jennifer Mickadeit adored her mixed-breed dog, Zowie. The loyal pooch was her companion through a divorce, new marriage, and the birth of her daughter, Lola Rose. So when Zowie’s failing health made it clear that it was time to make end-of-life decisions, Ms. Mickadeit wanted to ensure her death would be as comfortable — and intimate — as possible.

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