Knowing When It’s Time
When is euthanasia appropriate for your pet? While dogs and cats can’t tell us when they’re ready to go on, we can often look at their quality of life to give us a clue. Watch for these signs:
- Has difficulty sitting up or down and is reluctant to use the stairs
- No longer greets you at the door when you come home
- Loss of appetite
- No longer enjoys their walks
- Hiding more than usual and avoiding social interaction
- No longer plays with their favorite toys
- Still seems painful, even after pain medications
- Seems depressed and no longer like themselves
You know your pet best of all and the ultimate decision for euthanasia falls to you. However, we are here to offer all the advice we can, and to suggest palliative care if possible to make your pet more comfortable and give you a little more time with them. Yet, if your pet’s condition doesn’t improve, it may be time to say goodbye.
The Euthanasia Process
When you decide it’s time to say goodbye, we’ll set up an appointment for you to bring your pet into our hospital. Be sure to make plans for your pet’s after-care before the appointment, so as to avoid any distressing decisions on the day of. We can recommend cremation services, so please don’t hesitate to ask.
When you arrive for your appointment, we’ll set you and your family up in a quiet room and give you and your pet as much time together as you need. We often administer a sedative to your pet to help them remain calm and peaceful. Then, when you’re ready, we’ll administer the euthanasia. The medicine works very quickly and your pet will not feel any pain.