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Euthanasia: Saying Goodbye

Pet Medical Center 300x250 DVMIt’s not easy to say goodbye to cherished pets, even those that have lived long, happy lives. Although you may hate the thought of life without your pet, euthanasia can be the kindest decision you can make when your friend is suffering. If your pet is in constant pain or discomfort, despite medical treatment, and does not seem to get any enjoyment out of life, it may be time to consider euthanasia. Signs that your pet may have a poor quality of life include:

 

  • Pain that cannot be controlled with medication – If you have difficulty gauging the pain level, ask your pet’s veterinarian for input.
  • Constant gastrointestinal issues – As your pet becomes sicker, vomiting and diarrhea can become daily occurrences.
  • Difficulty breathing
  • No interest in favorite activities
  • Prognosis – Have you talked to your pet’s veterinarian about his or her prognosis?

When your pet’s prognosis is poor, euthanasia can prevent unnecessary suffering.

  • Incontinence – At some point, a seriously ill pet may no longer be able to control its bladder or bowels.
  • Inability to walk — Including all family members or other members of your household in the decision can prevent hurt feelings during an already emotional time. Even younger children can be involved in the discussion if you use age appropriate language.

Are you facing a difficult decision regarding your pet’s health? Call us and we can help you consider all the options

For more information, please call 393-2707 or visit our website.