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Animal welfare
Euthanasia: doing our best for animals
  1. Michael W Fox
  1. Golden Valley, Minnesota, USA
  1. email: ipan{at}

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The recent discussion around euthanasia and the concern for veterinary wellbeing and empathic distress1, 2 shows a shift in focus, whereby it is not only the welfare of animals being considered but also the emotional impact on those responsible for their care.

There are many aspects around the decision to euthanase an animal.

Owners might be unable to afford the appropriate care or might find it difficult emotionally or practically to care for their animal. However, having to kill an otherwise healthy animal, with …

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