Euthanasia (End of Life Care)
Deciding to euthanize a pet is a difficult process. You will likely experience a wide range of complicated emotions as the time comes.
Our veterinarians are very familiar with the experience and are able to talk with you about the process and feelings that
go with it, they will help you navigate through this process and help you resolve any questions.
Spend time with your pet in the weeks or days leading up to the euthanasia. This will be a very special time for both of you. You will undoubtedly
feel very emotional and sad but try to remain in control. Your pet will sense your feelings and you want this time to be as enjoyable as possible for them.
Be re-assured that you have given your pet a lifetime of love. Arrange a time to spend with your pet directly before the procedure. If you choose to
be in the room, you can still have some private time with your pet beforehand. It is sometimes helpful to say goodbye in this final setting. Talk to your
family about euthanasia.
Everyone should be able to share their thoughts and feelings on the process, and ultimately decide if they would like to be present or not. It can be
a traumatic experience, so fully consider the outcomes prior to deciding.
Saying goodbye to your pet:
Take a few final moments to express your feelings. Do whatever you need to do to say goodbye. Remember, you can take comfort in the
fact that they do not know or understand what is going on. You are not alone.
There are many others experiencing similar grief. Pet loss can be very challenging, and there are pet loss support groups available
throughout the country.
If you have specific questions or concerns about euthanasia or you would like more information regarding the diagnosis or treatment
of your pet’s disease, please contact us.