Comments on the dilemma in the July/August issue: A request for euthanasia

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In the dilemma discussed in the July/August issue of In Practice, a client brought you Bob, a healthy two-year-old male cat for euthanasia. The client was moving flat and couldn't bear to have him rehomed. What should you do? (IP, July/August 2016, vol 38, pp 358-359). Andrew Knight suggested that communication skills were paramount and that you could explain that your primary duty was for the health and welfare of Bob, and that it was not in the best interests of a young, healthy cat to be euthanased. You could suggest rehoming in another area or, if the owner remained firm in their request, perhaps offer to refer them to another vet for a second opinion.

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