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Too young for euthanasia?

Species: Cat
Breed: short-hair
Age: 5-8 years
Is there an age too young for euthanization?




Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

That's an unusual question. I would not ever base my decision on whether or not to euthanize on an animal's age. No matter what the age, if an animal was sick and could not be made better then euthanasia has to be an option.

If, for example, a 6 week old puppy had parvo virus and was not responding to treatment, then euthanasia would be acceptable.

Let me know if you had a more specific question. It sounds like there is more story to know here.

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