End of Life Care: The Beginning of Proper Mourning
It is difficult to think about, but along with the joys of pet ownership comes the responsibility of making the decision when it is time to let go. As pet owners ourselves, we understand the difficulty you face when a beloved pet is nearing the end of his or her life.
We will take the time to explain every aspect of your pets’ condition, treatment, and potential outcomes so that you can make the decision that is best for your pet and your family.
End of Life Decisions
Our staff knows that this is a difficult and emotional time and will make sure that everything is handled professionally and with dignity. You will not be rushed to make a decision and once a decision has been reached the veterinarian and staff will take as much time as needed to make sure the family is as ready as possible.
The decision to be present or not when your pet is euthanized is a very personal choice. Many people choose to be present to ease any anxiety their pet may feel during the process. Some feel that their own emotional state will only serve to upset or scare their pet. Whichever choice is right for you and your family, you can be sure that the process will be handled in a quiet, non-threatening way that will make your pet’s passing as peaceful as possible.
When you and your veterinarian decide that the best course of action for your pet is euthanasia what happens next? You will make an appointment to bring in your pet. You and your family will be given a private room to say your final goodbyes. When you are ready, the veterinarian will give your pet an injection for sedation, and he or she will quietly go to sleep. Once the pet is asleep the veterinarian will administer another injection that will stop your pet’s heart and he or she will pass peacefully.
The time to consider final decisions regarding the burial or cremation of your beloved pet is before he or she is euthanized. At this time it may be a little easier to make these decisions. You may choose to take your pet home for private burial, or we offer individual cremation via the Pets at Peace website.