As pet owners ourselves, we understand the deep emotional bonds that develop between our furry companions and us. Euthanasia is never an easy decision to make, but it is one of the kindest and most compassionate acts of love we can provide to our beloved pets. Saying goodbye to a furry family member can be incredibly difficult, but euthanasia can offer them a peaceful and painless transition. Please contact the clinic if you have any questions or concerns.
What to Expect
If you are considering scheduling your pet's final appointment, one of our client care representatives will assist you through the process and address any concerns you may have. At the beginning of the appointment your veterinarian will provide you with information regarding what to anticipate during the process if you are new to pet loss. Before the appointment, you will need to fill out a euthanasia consent form, and one of our client care representatives will discuss aftercare options with you. You have the choice to be present or absent during the appointment, and our team will provide compassionate care for your beloved pet regardless. If you opt to be present, we will relocate you and your pet to a peaceful environment for the procedure. The process involves administering a sedative to keep your pet at ease and comfortable, followed by an injectable medication that will enable your pet to pass away peacefully. You will have time to spend with your pet before the second injection is given. Once the veterinarian confirms your pet's passing, you may choose to leave immediately or stay with your pet to bid your final goodbyes.
How do I judge my pet's quality of life?
As a pet owner, it's important to regularly assess your pet's quality of life to ensure they are living comfortably and without significant pain or suffering. Here are some factors to consider when evaluating your pet's quality of life:
Pain management: Is your pet receiving appropriate pain management and/or treatment for any chronic medical conditions? Pets do not usually cry when in pain. Click the link below for more information on how to tell if your dog is in pain. Is your dog in pain?
Mobility: Is your pet able to move around comfortably? Are they experiencing difficulty getting up, standing, walking, or climbing stairs?
Appetite: Is your pet eating and drinking enough? Are they maintaining a healthy weight?
Hygiene: Is your pet able to groom itself properly? Are they clean and free of mats or other signs of poor hygiene?
Overall happiness: Does your pet appear to be content and happy? Do they still enjoy activities they used to enjoy?
More good days than bad: Does your pet experience more bad days than good?