Are you having problems caring for a terminally ill pet at home? Does your pet have a medical condition that is painful or causing poor quality of life? Are you afraid that your sick or elderly pet is suffering?
Saying good-bye to a beloved pet is one of the most difficult situations a pet owner will ever encounter, but trying to decide when it is time to say good-bye can be even more difficult. There are times when all the capabilities of medical science have been exhausted and euthanasia is the only way to prevent an animal from suffering needlessly. However, the decision regarding when to euthanize is fraught with medical, financial, ethical, religious, moral, and sometimes legal considerations. Pet euthanasia is therefore a medical procedure that needs to be discussed (however painful that discussion may be) and considered thoroughly before a final decision is made. Let us help you through this difficult time.
Our staff of compassionate, caring professionals can help you through this painful experience. We offer hospice services and will work with you to ensure your pet’s comfort and dignity during his or her last days and final moments. A good website for more info is: http://www.veterinarywisdomforpetparents.com/
Do you have special requests? Do you have questions about care of your pet’s remains? We can help you with these concerns and will make every effort to accommodate your wishes at this very difficult time. We do want you to make an appointment so we can get all the paperwork completed before you get here. This will ensure we get your pet taken care of as quickly as possible. We know this is a really hard time for you and your family so we try our best to make this appointment as close to your desired time as possible.
What happens after you make the appointment?
First you decide on the option choices we offer. These options are, you can get a clay paw print which is a piece of clay that you can take home to bake and it becomes a ceramic keepsake. As for the body, you can take the body home to either bury to make your own cremation arrangements. You can leave the body here to go to the cremation facility we use (All Paws). If you go this route you can get the remains of your pet back in an urn of your choice ( we have examples of the urns they commonly use and we have a book you can look through for more choices) or you can choose not to have your pets ashes returned back to you. For more info on All Paws Pet Cremation visit: http://allpawspetcremation.com/ When you make the appointment we will ask you these options then, if you know them then, great but if you need to check with family or just think about it, that is fine too and you can let us know at the appointment. After all these choices are made at the appointment, we will have you sign the necessary paperwork and take care of the financial end. Then the staff member will let the doctor know you are ready and the doctor gives the an injection in the vein to put your pet to sleep. You can also choose to witness (be present when the injection is given) or not witness. If you witness, the doctor may put a catheter into the vein before giving the injection. This will ensure that they have no problems hitting the vein. After the doctor is done giving the injection the heart rate will be checked to make sure your pet is gone. When the doctor is done, you can stay to stay good bye to your pet and not have to worry about financials. If you want to see your pet after he/she is gone but cannot watch the actual injection, let us know and we are happy to allow this. You then can leave when the time is best for you and your family.
Deciding when your pet may need hospice care or euthanasia is a very personal and private decision, but that doesn’t mean you have to make this difficult choice on your own. Our hospice and humane pet euthanasia services are conducted with respect, compassion, and care. Before you struggle through one more day with a sick, elderly, or terminally ill pet that is suffering, call us to learn how we can help.