End of Life Care (Euthanasia)
As pets age, the primary focus of healthcare shifts from prevention to comfort. Some pets eventually develop unmanageable symptoms, leaving them with more bad days than good. Near the end of a pet’s life, it’s up to pet owners and their veterinarians to determine whether it’s time to relieve a beloved pet of suffering.
This is usually the most difficult decision pet owners ever have to make. Although it’s a tough choice, providing pets with a peaceful end of life can be one of the kindest and most compassionate choices you can make, when the time is right. Euthanasia, which literally means “good death,” allows pets to pass away peacefully and painlessly.
At Animal Wellness Clinic, our veterinarians and staff understand that this is a very stressful time for pets and their people. As your pet ages during his or her golden years, we will be with you to provide advice, support, and guidance every step of the way.
Assessing a Pet's Health and Quality of Life
All pets express pain and discomfort differently. If you are unsure how severe your pet’s condition is, our veterinarians will help you assess your pet’s pain and comfort level. This is not a decision or assessment you need to make on your own. As your pet ages or his or her conditions worsens, our veterinarians will help you assess your pet’s comfort level in order to identify when the time is right.
We do not recommend or provide euthanasia to pets who are not suffering or whose conditions can still be managed with reasonable care. We will never perform euthanasia for the sake of convenience.