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Where should the treatment line be drawn?
  1. Adele Waters

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A decade ago, performing a cardiopulmonary bypass in a dog would have been very rare. Today, the RVC is performing this procedure weekly – with good survival rates.

Most vets and pet owners would probably regard such a development as progress and one that fits the regular pattern of advancement – from novel approach to wider roll-out to established treatment.

But are all novel treatments always good news for animals? A research paper in this week’s journal (page 664) suggests they may not always be in the best interests of animals and are, therefore, ethically questionable.

Aggressive management may not always be in the animal’s best interest

‘Drawing the line in clinical treatment of companion animals’ (by Herwig Grimm and colleagues) finds that …

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