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Schweiz Arch Tierheilkd. 1998;140(4):143-8.

[Therapy or euthanasia? How far may (and should) the veterinarian go in the treatment of an animal?].

[Article in German]

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Ethik-Zentrum, Universit├Ąt Z├╝rich.

Abstract

Veterinarians are often faced with the question of whether they should treat or--in accordance with the animal owner--to end the life of a pet animal. This situation can be described as a moral dilemma. Can this moral dilemma be solved? The author argues that we have special moral obligations to care for pet animals. The special, quasi-personal relationships between pet animal and animal owners provide veterinarians in most cases with moral reasons to carry out the treatment.

PMID:
9581492
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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