At Animal Care of Greenville, we consider it a privilege to be trusted with a beloved pet’s end-of-life care. This can include palliative treatment to ease discomfort and improve quality of life in the midst of terminal illness, or humane euthanasia, which gives animals a peaceful, dignified passing. As difficult as it is to settle on euthanasia for your companion, know that in certain situations, it truly is the most compassionate choice you can make for them.
When a pet’s quality of life has deteriorated with no chance of improving, we have to think about their needs, and how they’re feeling. We’ll do all we can to help you make the right decision on behalf of your four-legged family member.
Please reach out to us if you have concerns about your pet’s quality of life, and want to know what to do next.
How to Determine Your Pet’s Quality of Life
Many pet parents often feel guilt about choosing euthanasia for their dog or cat, even when they know it’s the right thing. Look for these signs to see if we need to start talking about your pet’s end-of-life care:
- Their appetite has dramatically decreased
- They sleep throughout most of the day
- They tend to retreat into a corner or under the bed and remain there for a long time
- No interest in activities they used to enjoy like playing, going for walks, hunting for treats, etc.
- They have difficulty standing up, walking, and lying down
- They seem to be in constant pain despite taking medication
- Unable to control their bladder and/or bowels
Will Euthanasia be Painful for My Pet?
We take great care to make sure no pain is involved at any time during the euthanasia procedure. There are two steps: First, we give you as much time and privacy as you and your family need to sit with your pet and say good-bye. Once you’re ready, we will give your pet an injection of sedative that will put them into a deep sleep. They will be completely relaxed and comfortable. Once they are fully asleep, we will administer the euthanasia injection, which will take effect quickly. Again, your pet will feel no stress or pain during this procedure.
Caring for Your Pet’s Remains
To avoid having to make choices about what to do with your pet’s remains immediately after their euthanasia procedure, we recommend making arrangements ahead of their appointment. After care options usually include receiving your pet’s ashes in an urn, having your pet communally cremated and not receiving ashes, or having a clay paw print or other keepsake made to remember them by. Please let us know what you would like to do, or if you have questions about your options.