April 9, 2012 9:42 pm
Is it ethical to spend $25,000 to save a pet? Multiple commentators weigh in on this debate. Our take: pets are loved and valuable parts of the family with whom we share special bonds. But it is not the best use of scarce health resources, for pets or humans, even when the likelihood of success is high.
April 9, 2012 1:09 pm
The Animal Medical Center in Manhattan, which performed 34 stent procedures on dogs and cats in 2005, usually to open up clogged passages in the bladder or kidney, created a clinic about two years ago to accommodate rising demand for minimally invasive surgery. Last year, it performed 630 stent procedures. Dr. Suter, at North Carolina State, has performed bone-marrow transplants on 65 dogs, with 10 more now on the waiting list. Many veterinarians offer hospice care, too, mapping out a treatment plan that lets a pet spend the remainder of its life at home, its pain eased through a program of palliative care.