As animal lovers, we wish our pets could live as long as we do. Unfortunately, pets may be considered geriatric after just 14 years of life. Our hospital provides medical advice to pet owners when their loyal companion is in chronic pain. Our team knows it won’t be easy, but we are always here to offer support to you and your family. To learn more about euthanasia, give us a call at 289-278-6001.
What is pet euthanasia?
Pet euthanasia is a procedure that allows pets to pass away peacefully. The procedure is recommended when all other treatment options to alleviate their pain have stopped having a positive effect. The process is straightforward - the medication is administered intravenously and takes effect almost immediately. Your pet’s brain and heart will stop functioning within minutes, and they will fall into a deep sleep.
How do I know if euthanasia is right for my pet?
As pet parents, it isn’t easy to make this decision for your pet. Your pet is a part of your family and is your life-long companion, but they will show signs when they have a poor quality of life. Pets with terminal illnesses and chronic pain sometimes lose their personality because they suffer so much. You’ll realize that your pet is eating less, hiding more, and is less interested in activities or even the people they once loved. From a medical perspective, your veterinarian can explore treatment options, but sometimes, they cannot change your pet’s condition. In those cases, we recommend euthanasia, but the final decision is always up to you.
What preparations do I need to make for the procedure?
The main thing you’ll want to do is spend quality time with your pet. It will be a considerable loss when your pet is no longer around, so make use of your time with them. Allow other family members or friends to say their final goodbyes as well. You can use this period to treat your pet with the foods they love and take videos and pictures for memories. Pet owners should also consider how they want to handle their pet’s remains after the procedure. No need to worry – we can also assist you with that process.