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Published: Apr 17, 2012

The options to treat sick cats and dogs are expanding as technology advances, but the decision of which option to choose for a pet is becoming more difficult for many pet owners, The New York Times reports.

John Grogan, author of Marley & Me, wrote in an opinion piece that many owners choose advanced veterinary treatments because it may be difficult to face the emotional challenge of making the decision between life and death for their pet. It is not surprising that owners go to great lengths to save their pet's life as pets are increasingly viewed as vital members of the family. VCA Animal Hospitals reports that the loss of a pet can cause emotions that may confuse many owners, because their grief is similar to the difficult feelings that occur when they lose a human loved one.

While many dogs can be healed and go on to live healthy, happy lives thanks to technologically advanced treatments offered by animal hospitals, owners must be sure to consider all options.  An open and honest discussion with your family veterinarian can be helpful to weigh all treatment options and make the best decision for your dog and your family.