Having pets of our own, our team understands how difficult it is to lose a loyal companion. The emotions you feel as a result of this loss are valid and real. When your pet reaches the final stages of their life, euthanasia may be recommended. Think of euthanasia as a last act of compassion for your cherished pet.
When is euthanasia recommended?
Euthanasia is a humane decision to end your pet’s life. Veterinarians recommend euthanasia when your pet has chronic pain, trauma or diseases that lower their quality of life. Palliative care such as pain medication and special diets can make your pet’s final days more pleasant, but their condition won’t improve. Even at home, you’ll recognize a change in your pet’s behavior such as eating less, being less affectionate, hiding more, constant weight loss, and appearing more depressed. We recommend that you speak with your veterinarian when you begin to notice these signs.
What happens during pet euthanasia?
Euthanasia is a quick and simple process. To begin, we administer a sedative intravenously, followed by the medicine that shuts down your pet’s major organs. This medication will stop your pet’s brain and heart within a few minutes.
How can I cope with losing my pet?
This tragic loss will take time to heal. It’s important that you take time to grieve your pet and express your feelings. We understand how difficult it is to navigate those feelings, so we offer literature that can help children and adults deal with the loss of a family pet. There are also animal loss support groups that you can join. Finally, we can help you find special ways to memorialize your loyal companion.