Bayview Animal Hospital is Here for You
The impending loss of a pet is a difficult, emotional experience, and our compassionate team is here to offer guidance and support to you and your family. Whether your pet is entering his or her golden years or has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, we can help you determine the appropriate course of action and minimize any pain or discomfort your pet may experience.
Making a Decision
In some situations, your veterinarian is able to make a definitive recommendation regarding 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 are common signs that your cat, dog, or small mammal 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 of his or her favorite activities
- Chronic labored breathing or coughing
- Unable to stand or walk independently
What to Expect
Once a decision is made to proceed, we will thoroughly discuss the procedure to make sure you’re as prepared as possible when the day arrives. Euthanasia is often a two-step process. First, a sedative is administered to make your pet calm and comfortable. Then, a medication is injected so your pet is no longer aware of the end-of-life experience.
The entire process is fast and painless and is similar to what you would feel when undergoing general anesthesia for a surgical procedure. It’s an individual choice whether you or your family are present that day, and our team can counsel you through the various decisions that must be made. We also offer cremation services and will provide a print of your pet’s paw if desired.
While we’re always sensitive to our clients’ needs, we’re especially aware of how upsetting this time can be for owners. You can trust Bayview Animal Hospital to provide the gentle, considerate care that you, your pet, and your family deserve.