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At both surgeries the neurologist removed a large meningioma. PP was 18 years old when the tumor recurred. Her family declined further diagnostic work up (MRI) because they did not want her to undergo a third surgery at her advanced age.

Stockmen's Veterinary Clinic
(701) 433-1990
802 West Main Ave SE
Fargo, ND
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Large Animal Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary House Calls, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Airport Animal Hospital
(701) 293-8888
2401 University Dr N
Fargo, ND

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(701) 852-3055
2105 N Broadway
Minot, ND
 
Knife River Veterinary Clinic Inc
(701) 873-5525
1701 N County Road 21
Beulah, ND
 
Christianson Dean DVM
(605) 289-3027
33812 101st St
Ashley, ND
 
Southgate Veterinary Hospital
(701) 298-9455
1415 32ND Ave S
Fargo, ND

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West Fargo Animal Hospital
(701) 282-2898
730 13TH Ave E
West Fargo, ND

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(701) 537-3864
5985 Center Ave N
Towner, ND
 
Christianson Dean DVM
(701) 288-3234
315 1st St SW
Ashley, ND
 
Four County Veterinary Clinic
(701) 647-2646
102 Highway 56 S
Kulm, ND
 
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Decision Making and Old Cats

By Alice Villalobos, DVM

I am frequently pulled into the decision-making process for old pets. One of our elderly feline patients named PP had successful brain surgery twice over the past five years.

At both surgeries the neurologist removed a large meningioma. PP was 18 years old when the tumor recurred. Her family declined further diagnostic work up (MRI) because they did not want her to undergo a third surgery at her advanced age.

PP was circling, blind, very tense, unable to use her litter box and in a two-month decline.

The family was ready to euthanize PP but they met Dr. Katalin Grant, who referred them to me for an end-of-life care consultation.

Six months have passed since then and PP is nearly back to normal. She responded to our Pawspice program's palliative brain tumor and immunonutrition protocols. The family could not be more pleased. Their other family cat is PP's 17-year-old offspring. He is on subcutaneous fluids for chronic renal failure.

The decision-making process is alive and well for these families. But for many pet owners, their decisions can be greatly influenced or practically dictated by paternalistic doctors.

Paternalism is abused when the attending doctor influences decisions based on interests other than those of the patient's needs and the pet caregiver's wishes.

Paternalism is being replaced by self-determined education. Clients gather information and partner with their veterinarian in the decision-making process.

Pa...

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