Kindness and Compassion Through Difficult Times
Without question, losing a pet can be extremely difficult. You can rely on the team at Companion Animal Hospital for compassionate guidance and support. Whether your loved one is entering the golden years or has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, we are here to help you navigate the decision-making process.
Making a Decision
In some situations, your veterinarian can make a definitive recommendation about euthanasia. However, there may be times when you must ultimately make the decision based on our medical prognosis and what you observe in your pet’s behavior. The following are strong indicators that your pet is no longer experiencing a high quality of life:
- Frequent vomiting or diarrhea
- He or she has stopped eating or will only eat by force
- Frequent incontinence
- Loss of interest in all or most favorite activities
- Chronic labored breathing or coughing
- Unable to stand or walk independently
What to Expect
Your veterinarian will review the procedure with you to make sure you’re as prepared as possible when the day arrives. The entire process is fairly quick and is similar to what people feel when undergoing general anesthesia. It’s an individual choice whether you and your family are present, and our team can counsel you through the various decisions that must be made.
At Companion Animal Hospital, we offer the care and respect you and your loved one deserve throughout this difficult process. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with additional questions or concerns.