Compassionate Guidance Through Pet End-of-Life Care
Kennel Care Veterinary Hospital’s health care team is comprised of compassionate people who are also pet owners themselves. We have all experienced the heartache involved in losing a pet or in having to make difficult decisions while keeping the pet’s best interests at heart.
The decision to euthanize is a very personal one and different decisions are right for different families dependent upon the unique situation. No matter when the time comes for considering euthanasia, we want you to know we will do our very best to handle your pet in the most humane way and with the care and respect we would show our own pet.
Evaluating Your Pet’s Quality of Life
One of the hardest things to do in caring for pet is determining when it is more humane to put the pet to sleep than to continue treatments. Kennel Care Veterinary Hospital’s team will never pressure you into making a decision and we are always available to you to guide you through evaluating your pet’s comfort and condition.
Some questions we have found help pet owners in determining a pet’s quality of life include:
- Is the pet’s pain responding to pain management? Many therapies and medications have been developed that can prolong a pet’s comfort and ability to remain active and happy. Our veterinarians will help you recognize the signs of a pet’s discomfort and will guide you through the wide variety of options available to ease pain.
- Is the pet able to participate in his or her favorite activities? Pets who no longer show interest in favorite toys, playtime, family time, or activities may be experiencing decreased quality of life. Sometimes pet activities can be modified to accommodate the pet’s age or condition. Our team can help you consider all options.
- Is the pet’s condition no longer responding to treatment? Some pet conditions become resistant to treatment. Our veterinarians will advise you on alternative treatments or will alert you when quality of life is at stake.
- Does the pet recognize and want to participate in the activities of family members? When pets are suffering, they may seek places to hide or may find they do not have the energy or ability to participate in family activities.
- Are urinating and defecating a problem for the pet? Whether due to mobility issues or incontinence, a pet that is unable to handle bathroom issues can suffer from decreased quality of life.
- Is the pet experiencing confusion or anxiety? Some pet conditions leave a pet unable to process what is happening and they may become fearful or agitated. Kennel Care Veterinary Hospital will help you to recognize signs of a pet’s confusion.
Anytime you have questions about your pet’s behavior or condition, we encourage you to contact us for a consultation.