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Treat or euthanize? Helping owners make critical decisions regarding pets with behavior problems
Owners of these pets come to you to help them make a crucial decision. To be better prepared, here are the critical factors you and the owner should consider, as well as concrete steps you can take in reaching a decision.


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CONCLUSION

Euthanasia is a personal decision and also a permanent one. Clinicians should never make snap judgments (e.g. all biting rottweilers should be euthanized) that result in the end of a pet's life. Dramatic changes in an animal's behavior are often possible when owners are willing to commit to a behavior modification program. This option should always be presented to owners, including the option of referral to a behavior specialist.

Lore I. Haug, DVM, MS, DACVB
Texas Veterinary Behavior Services
2627 Cordes Drive
Sugar Land, TX 77479

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