Saying goodbye to your pet can be extremely difficult, and the process can be emotionally and mentally draining. We don't want you to be alone at the end stages of a pet's life, and we promise to do everything we can to make it easier on you and your pet. Most of all, we promise to treat each case with compassionate and understanding care.
Knowing when the time is right can be a difficult choice. There are many factors that go into deciding to euthanize a pet, and it is a personal issue that differs from pet owner to pet owner. But every pet owner is inevitably faced with making that tough decision, and we want to be there alongside you to aid in any way we can.
If you have special requests, please let us know and we will be sure to accommodate them. Dealing with the end of a pet's life is never easy, but we want to do whatever we can to make the process less difficult. Please contact us today to learn more about our hospice and euthanasia services.
It's OK to grieve....
The death of a pet is one of the most difficult things for both animal owners and veterinarians to discuss. Animal owners often form strong emotional ties with their pets. Even though death is the inevitable reality of all living things, it is often difficult for owners to accept.
Unfortunately, death may often be preceded by intense suffering. to alleviate suffering, veterinarians can offer their clients the option of euthanasia (a Greek word meaning "easy sleep"). Euthanasia is a means of reducing suffering and may be more humane when death is inevitable. The decision to euthanize a pet is an extremely difficult one and not without philosophical and religious constraints. An owner needs to consider all options, but the ultimate decision is theirs.
Suffering is often a major factor in deciding upon euthanasia, but determining a pet's degree of suffering is very difficult. We must assume that when a pet cannot function normally or it's quality of life is compromised that it suffers. Euthanasia may be the only humane and loving alternative to relieve that suffering.
Following the death of a family pet it is important to take the time to grieve the loss of the pet and not rush to acquire a replacement. In time a new pet will become a special companion and fill the void with it's own unique personality.
The following is a passage taken from "The last will and testament of an extremely distinguished dog" written by Eugene O'Neil that may provide comfort following the loss of a pet. "I ask my Master and Mistress to remember me always, but not to grieve for me too long. In my life I have tried to be a comfort to them in time of sorrow and a reason for added joy in their happiness. It is painful for me to think that even in death I should cause them pain. Let them remember that while no dog has ever had a happier life, now that I have grown blind and deaf and lame and even my sense of smell fails me so that a rabbit could run right under my nose and I might not know, my pride has sunk to a sick, bewildered humiliation. I feel life is taunting me with having over-lingered my welcome. It is time I said goodbye, before I become too sick a burden on myself and those who love me. It will be a sorrow to leave them, but not a sorrow to die. Dogs do not fear death as men do. What may come after death? Peace and long rest for weary old heart and head and limbs, and eternal sleep in the earth I have loved so well. Perhaps, after all, this is best."
You might feel that this is stretching the imagination a little too far, but I for one would like to take some small comfort and hope that it might be so. Take the time to grieve the loss and remember fondly the challenges of that puppy as well as the unconditional love you received from your older companion.