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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.

Brevard Veterinary Hospital
(321) 549-6813
329 N Cocoa Blvd
Cocoa, FL
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Cat Doctor The
(321) 752-6556
6470 Us Highway 1
Rockledge, FL

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Coris, Erin, Dvm - Island Animal Hospital
(321) 453-2430
230 Fortenberry Rd
Merritt Island, FL

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Island Pet Resort & Spa
(321) 806-4421
25 N Grove Street
Merritt Island, FL
Services
Kennels, pet day care, grooming, pet supplies, birthday parties
Hours
Mon - Friday 7-6 Sat 8-5

Space Coast Veterinary Hosp
(321) 576-2273
4750 N Courtenay Pkwy
Merritt Island, FL

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Rockledge Animal Clinic
(321) 632-8071
1934 Fiske Blvd
Rockledge, FL

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Bywater, Alison, Dvm - Viera East Veterinary Ctr
(321) 639-9888
5405 Village Dr
Rockledge, FL

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Brevard Veterinary Hospital
(321) 632-0445
329 N Cocoa Blvd
Cocoa, FL

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Docs Animal Clinic
(321) 615-0965
1450 N Courtenay Pkwy Ste 16
Merritt Island, FL

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Grigsby, Christine, Dvm - Harbor City Animal Hospital
(321) 757-7381
7670 N Wickham Rd # B
Melbourne, FL

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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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