End of Life Care

Compassionate Aftercare

APPOINTMENT

End of Life Care at Companion Animal Hospital

At Companion Animal Hospital, we are here to help you during this difficult time. Our staff will help you to make the right choices and provide comfort and understanding.

Making a Decision

In some situations, your veterinarian can make a definitive recommendation about euthanasia. However, there may be times when you must ultimately make the decision based on the medical prognosis and what you observe in your pet’s behavior. The following are strong indicators that your pet is no longer experiencing a high quality of life:

  • Frequent vomiting or diarrhea
  • He or she has stopped eating or will only eat by force
  • Frequent incontinence
  • Loss of interest in all or most favorite activities
  • Chronic labored breathing or coughing
  • Unable to stand or walk independently

What to Expect
Your veterinarian will review the procedure with you to make sure you’re as prepared as possible when the day arrives. The entire process is fairly quick and is similar to what people feel when undergoing general anesthesia. It’s an individual choice whether you and your family are present, and our team can counsel you through the various decisions that must be made.

At Companion Animal Hospital, we offer the care and respect you and your loved one deserve throughout this difficult process. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with additional questions or concerns.