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NEW YORK (AP) - Experts say there has been a boom in recent years in high-end animal clinics using technologically advanced equipment and medicines that are as good as those in many human hospitals.
    
And it's led to an ethical debate whether such treatments, costing tens of thousands of dollars per patient, should really go toward keeping pets alive.
    
Some doctors say they need to weigh when such treatments go too far, beyond the point when we they can reasonably extend a pet's quality of life.
    
At New York City's Animal Medical Center, an owner who spent $30,000 to treat lymphoma in her 14-year-old shih tzu-poodle mix says her dog is a member of the family. And she says she should be able to spend whatever she wants to keep her pet alive.

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