Stone Ridge Veterinary Hospital End of Life Care
Losing a pet is heartbreaking, and our team is here to offer guidance and support throughout this challenging time. Whether your loved one is entering the golden years or has a terminal illness, you can trust us to help you navigate the decision-making process.
Making a Decision
There are situations when your veterinarian can make a definitive recommendation about euthanasia. However, there may be times when you must ultimately make the 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
Once a decision is made, we 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 you would 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 Stone Ridge Veterinary Hospital, we offer the care and respect you and your family need throughout this process. You can trust us to provide gentle guidance and support every step of the way.