End of Life Decisions
Unfortunately, there comes a time when we have to say good-bye to our beloved pets. This is not an easy time, nor is it an easy decision.
There are many factors that go into when it is appropriate to let a pet go. Most importantly, we should consider the pet’s chances for improvement and their quality of life.
Does your pet eat and drink? Is your pet able to hold their food down or do they vomit it all back up? Is your pet able to get up and go to the bathroom? Is your pet social and interacting with the family? Does your pet maintain hygiene and groom itself? Is your pet showing signs of pain or discomfort? Is your pet whimpering or crying? Is your pet having more bad days than good days? Has your pet stopped taking pleasure in life?
These are all signs that your pet’s quality of life may be poor. Sometimes, there are things that can be done to improve an animal’s quality of life and there are many hospice options available to help an animal be comfortable through much of a chronic illness. When there is nothing more that can be done, it is best to allow your pet a peaceful and humane release from their pain and suffering. Allowing your pet to pass on their own can sometimes be a very long process. “Natural” death may takes days, weeks, or even months to occur. This could cause a lot of suffering and stress for your pet and your family. Please do not hesitate to call SouthPaw Animal Clinic if you have any questions concerning end of life care or options. We are here to help you through this difficult time.