Saying goodbye is hard.
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The decision to euthanize a beloved pet is often one of the most difficult ones an owner can face. When a pet can no longer be kept comfortable, or their quality of life has significantly declined, euthanasia is truly one of the kindest options. Our team helps owners in the decision-making process by offering the knowledge and resources that will guide the family in making the best decisions on behalf of their pet.
How do I know when it is time?
One of the most frequent statements we hear from clients is that they do not want their pet to suffer or be in pain. Suffering may take many different forms: physical pain, immobility, respiratory distress, or uncontrolled anxiety. What constitutes “suffering” for one pet, may perhaps be a manageable condition for another.
Understanding your pet's Quality of Life
We all want to know how to understand our pet's quality of life. Could it be better? Is my pet suffering? Is my pet uncomfortable or scared? Dr. Sara and her team have specialized training to provide the tools to best determine your pet's quality of life. Knowing what path to take can be stressful. A quality of life discussion can help you make the kindest choice for your pet, whether it be time to say goodbye, or if additional hospice or palliative care may provide them with increased comfort for whatever time they have left. If you choose to pursue further comfort care with our team, an additional appointment may be needed to sufficiently address your concerns.
"All that we love deeply becomes a part of us"
What happens during a Euthanasia appointment?
When the doctor first arrives at your home, she will spend a few minutes allowing your pet to get used to her presence. During this time she will answer any questions you might have, and confirm your wishes for aftercare.
Our goal is to ensure you and your pet are as comfortable as possible during this most difficult time.
When you are ready, our doctor will give your pet an injectable anesthetic and pain medication, under the skin in the back of the neck area. This will put them into a deep, peaceful sleep within approximately five to ten minutes. During this time, the doctor will leave the room to allow your pet to fall asleep with only their loved ones present.
Then, once your pet is completely unaware of their surroundings, the doctor will administer the final injection to complete the euthanasia. From your pet's perspective, they are just falling asleep, surrounded by the people they love. It is a very peaceful passing.
Following the passing of your beloved pet, there are multiple options for caring for them. Please choose the link below to learn more.
Schedule a Quality of Life Discussion With a Veterinarian
- Receive a telehealth visit with a Compassion 4 Paws clinician that includes the following services:
- A brief review of your pet's current condition
- A conversation to help you understand your pet's quality of life
- A discussion of the disease process and what may be happening to your pet
- A generalized discussion of the home environment, nutrition and other care management tailored to your pet's specific disease process
- A recommendation involving options and whether additional hospice care is appropriate, or if it may be time to consider euthanasia
- A discussion surrounding the euthanasia process, and how to prepare for loss
- A discussion regarding your options for aftercare
- Assistance with scheduling a future appointment, if needed
*Please note that this is a brief virtual discussion, and will NOT include any discussion of medication management or recommendations. To legally make these recommendations, an in-home visit, thorough review of medical records and physical examination of your pet will be required.
Schedule a Euthanasia Appointment
Approximately 60 minutes
- Brief discussion of your pet's quality of life should you wish, and reassurance that euthanasia is the kindest choice*
- Discussion of the euthanasia process, and what to expect
- Medications needed to provide a peaceful sedation and passing
- Review of aftercare options, and arrangements for aftercare as requested
* If, after a brief discussion with the veterinarian, you decide to pursue continued hospice/palliative care, another visit may be needed to allow sufficient time to adequately enter your pet into our hospice care program
Honoring the Bond
There are many ways to honor the special relationship you held with your beloved pet. For some, it may be a photograph or memory of a joyous moment in time, or planting a tree in your pet's name. For others, memorializing the treasured relationship can take the form of a specially tailored piece jewelry such as a necklace pendant. Some may choose to have a garden stone etched, reflecting details of their friend.
It is important to honor the deep relationship you had, in your own special way. For those who would like a physical memorialization for their pet, we are partnering with a few select companies to create a beautiful, personalized keepsake.