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Making Animal Hospice a Reality by Dr. Kathleen Cooney, DVM

Hospice is best summarized as the philosophy of preserving quality-of-life over extending length of life and hinges on the belief that patients in the last phases of life deserve this care to live as fully and comfortably as possible. Animal Hospice recognizes dying as a normal process, whether or not resulting from disease, and sees the end of life as an opportunity for added deepening of the existing human-animal bond.

Helping Your Dog Cross the Bridge: How to Assess Your Dog's Quality of Life by Dr. Alice Villalobos

Dog lovers are now asking for more end-of-life services for their dogs for as long as they are able to maintain a good quality of life. However, what is a good quality of life for a dog? Dr. Alice Villalobos offers a couple guides for ensuring a dog's well-being in the final stage of life.

Goodbye Finn by Maria Stoerrle

When Maria took Finn home as her foster dog, she knew he was ill, but not quite how ill - or how much she would come to love him in the months that followed. In this post, Maria Stoerrle, a member of Grey Muzzle's Board, tells of the love and heartbreak of deciding when to say goodbye to a terminally ill dog.

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