Kindness and Compassion During Difficult Times
Losing a pet is painful, and our team is here to offer compassionate guidance and support to you and your family. Whether your pet is entering the golden years or has a terminal illness, you can trust us to help you navigate the decision-making process during this difficult time.
Making a Decision
In some situations, you can rely on one of our veterinarians for a definitive recommendation about euthanasia. However, there may be times when you must ultimately make a decision based on our medical prognosis and what you observe in your pet’s behavior. The following signs 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
If a decision is made to proceed with euthanasia, your veterinarian will review the entire procedure to make sure you’re as prepared as possible. The entire process is fairly quick and is similar to what you would feel when undergoing general anesthesia. It’s an individual choice whether you and your family are present. Our team is always here to counsel you through the various decisions that must be made.
At Penfield Veterinary Hospital, we provide the care and respect you, your family, and your pet deserve. Please contact us with additional questions or concerns.