When you know your pet is approaching the end of its life, you may feel indecision. Should you let your little friend pass away naturally? Can you prolong your pet’s life through treatment? Should you do whatever it takes to limit their pain and discomfort? You may want to make a proactive decision about how to move forward when your pet’s health reaches a certain level of deterioration.
Pet euthanasia At its root, the word “euthanasia” means “good death,” a compassionate way to deal with your pet’s end of life. Vets may perform euthanasia on an animal if their illness is terminal or causing them pain or poor quality of life. This choice may be in the pet’s best interest if its behaviour or medical complications exceed the owner’s resources or capacity to provide adequate care. Remember, your pet’s health and well-being depend on its physical condition and your ability to provide the care it needs. Euthanasia is a way to give your pet a painless transition and allow you the opportunity for a meaningful time together at the end. At-home euthanasia Some vet clinics provide at-home pet euthanasia. By prior arrangement, the vet comes to your home. They’ll explain what you can expect to observe in your pet during the transition. Before administering the euthanasia, the vet will request your consent. Your pet will experience a peaceful and painless passing. At-home euthanasia is a good choice if your pet has anxiety or physical degeneration that makes it difficult for them to travel to the clinic. It can also be a better choice if you have mobility challenges, lack transportation or if family and work commitments limit your time. Spending your pet’s last moments together in your own home can be a comforting way to say goodbye. Meaningful good-byes In those final days, try to find ways to make the most of your time with your pet. If your dog can still go on outings, take it to some of its favourite places. If your cat has always lived inside, find a controlled way to let it experience the great outdoors. Let your pet indulge in some delicious treats that are gentle on their systems. Mobile vets in Toronto When your pet is approaching the end of its life, the compassionate staff at Bellamy-Lawrence Animal Hospital understands the difficult decisions you must make. Schedule a vet appointment at our veterinary clinic. Contact us today to ask about our vet services in Toronto.