Last week I wrote that the topic of euthanasia was now closed. I should have known better.
Last week we dealt with the activity associated with actually putting the pet to sleep permanently, usually using the method of lethal injection (overdose of an anaesthetic, which works quickly and smoothly).
Continued Last week, I referred to the ‘Frequently Asked Ques-tions (FAQ)’ relative to the actual putting-to-sleep pro-cess.
Continued When pet owners come to the conclusion that it is best for their pets to be put to sleep permanently, very often they want to know how their beloved pets are going to be euthanised and what should they do with the dead body after the procedure.
(Continued) You remember that last week we began looking at quantifiable and measurable criteria that would assist the caring pet owner in making a well-considered decision on the question of putting the beloved pet to sleep.
(Continued from last week) Last week, I advised that you involve your veterinarian in that debate as to whether to put the pet to sleep permanently, or to try to keep it alive as long as possible, in spite of the agony being experienced by all.
Continued When will the owner know that the final curtain must be drawn?
Continued from last week We will continue today analyzing the questionable arguments that develop when a person wants to self-justify reasons for killing his/her pet.
Continued The topic of euthanasia is assuredly accompanied by heartache. Yet it has to be discussed, because sooner or later many pet owners/caregivers have to confront this eventuality.
Continued from last week Physicians who are deeply committed to the Hippocratic Oath must experience great agony when their patients are terminally ill, and they (the doctors) can do nothing treatment-wise to save them.
When the articles on cancers and tumours commenced in May, we had no inkling that so many weeks/ months would be needed to cover the salient topics associated with this ailment.
Conclusion Venereal tumours You may recall that last week a passing reference was made to ‘transmissible canine venereal tumours’ (TCVT) as a vaginal condition which could be mistaken for the proliferation of cells which accompanies another ailment, viz vaginal hyperplasia.
(Continued from last week) Vaginal tumours Today and next week, we’ll address two types of tumours affecting the canine vagina, which are similar, yet distinct, relative to their origins/causes and the way they exhibit themselves.
Continued from last week In last week’s column, in my haste to conclude the painful and distressing topic of tumours/cancers, I omitted mentioning two of the most frequent ailments in our tumour/cancer discussions, namely those associated with the vagina and the breast.
Continued from last week Well, we are coming close to the end of this thematic – tumours and cancers.
Continued from last week We have already established that there are several types of skin cancer which can affect dogs/cats.
Ear (aural) haematomas These are fluid filled swellings of the ear flap (Pinna).
Continued from last week Haematomas/Seromas I had promised last week (and the week before) to deal with ear haematomas.
Last week, after discussing the benign haemangiomas (HAS), I promised to continue with haematomas – all within the context of the surface tumours theme.
Haemangiomas Haemangiomas of the skin and soft tissues are benign proliferations (growths) that closely resemble blood vessels.
Continued from last week As was promised last week, we will deal with a condition known as ‘Hygroma’ or, as some scientists refer to it, a ‘False bursa’ or ‘bursitis.’ Before we commence with the Hygroma/bursitis, I should mention a condition that is closely related to and possibly a precursor of the Hygroma problem.
So as not to throw one’s self in a state of panic, one must always remember that a tumour is just swelling and not necessarily a cancer.
I have never had so many telephone calls and letters about a subject since this column was started so long ago.