End of Life Services
We understand that making the decision to euthanize your pet is one of the hardest decisions to make, but it is sometimes also the most gracious and selfless one. If you are wondering whether or not euthanasia is the best option for your pet, here are some things to consider:
- Is your pet chronically painful?
- Can your pet control their urination and bowel movements?
- Is your pet able to move around freely?
- Is your pet eating and drinking without constant coaxing?
- Does your pet still enjoy their daily activities?
- Does your pet still recognize you?
- Do your pet’s good days outnumber their bad days?
- Are you able to manage the necessary care for any long-term conditions your pet has?
If you are having trouble deciding whether it is time to say good-bye to your pet, please don’t hesitate to ask us for assistance. We would be happy to discuss all of your pet’s options with you, as well as assessing the progression of any conditions or illnesses your pet may be experiencing and their quality of life. While we can help to guide you, give our insight, and provide you with advice, the decision will always be ultimately up to you.
What to Expect:
If you know that it is time to euthanize your pet, our clinic staff will do their best to ensure that both you and your pet have a peaceful experience. At the time of your pet’s appointment, the veterinarian will discuss the euthanasia process with you in a private room and make sure that you have the time you need to say good-bye to your pet before proceeding. You are not required to stay for the procedure, but you are welcome to remain in the room with your pet during and after the euthanasia until you are ready to leave.
After They’ve Gone:
We know that holding on to the memory of your pet can bring comfort for years after their parting. We offer several ways that you can memorialize your pet that we will discuss with you prior to, or at the time of, your appointment; these options include cremation services and clay and ink paw impressions.
There is no denying that losing a pet is painful. If you need help handling your grief, please don’t be afraid to ask for it. Our staff will support you as best they can, but we can also guide you to professional support if you need it.
Please remember that you made your decision for the sake of your pet and that they are grateful for the hurt you endure so that they can go to rest untroubled.