Our staff is here to help you with euthanasia and end of life decisions. There comes a time in the life of all pets when the possibility of a recovery to a comfortable existence is highly unlikely. Caretakers of an animal must consider all possibilities to relieve the pet's suffering.
One option is the palliation of symptoms. Proper nursing care is critical when patients cannot care for themselves. Providing proper nutrition, hydration, warmth, and skin care provide comfort. Pain, nausea, digestive irregularities, respiratory congestion, and movement limitations should be medically addressed. When proper care is provided, the final days of life can provide solace to the caretakers.
Often medical intervention may not provide a level of comfort acceptable to the animal's caretakers. Euthanasia is often considered in these circumstances to hasten the pet's death. The decision to euthanize a beloved pet is among the most difficult choices a pet owner ever has to make. Consultation with Dr. Scruton, Dr. Sinnigen, or Dr. Alam will help you determine whether euthanasia is appropriate and when that might occur.
In a quiet and comfortable environment, euthanasia is performed by one of our veterinarians with the injection of an anesthetic overdose into a vein through a IV catheter. Because an anesthetic is used, no discomfort is perceived by your pet. Your pet passes quickly. The veterinarian will insure that the heart, pulses and breathing have stopped. Your are free to be present during the euthanasia or you may wish to leave, depending on your preference.
Prior to euthanasia, you should decide how your pet's body will be cared for. This reduces the emotional stress at the time of the procedure. Our hospital provides a range of respectful options, from burial to private cremation.
Through consultation with the Dr. Scruton, Dr. Sinnigen, or Dr. Alam and the hospital staff, the last days of your pet's life can be comfortable and can reflect the care and love that your pet has experienced throughout its entire life.