Quality of life
Your cat or dog is part of your daily life, part of the family. They share your home and are sensitive to your moods. And have done and been so in some cases, for many years. In return, you care deeply for their health and well-being. When they become a source of growing concern, you may start asking yourself questions about their future and how to make sure they enjoy the best quality of life for as long as possible.
What signs should you be looking for in terms of evaluating your pet's quality of life? Here's a handy checklist that will help you communicate useful information to your family vet when you need to:
- Does your pet seem to have difficulty moving around, or moving in general?
- Have you noticed a loss in appetite? Maybe they've lost weight and drinks a lot of water?
- After eating or drinking, do they vomit or have diarrhea?
- Do they have bad breath?
- Are they experiencing any shortness of breath?
- Do they urinate or "have accidents" on the floor?
- Can they see and hear well?
- Has your pet changed their behaviour? For example, are they lethargic or contrarily, have they become uncharacteristically aggressive?
If you have noticed one or more of these signs, don't hesitate to consult your vet. They will be able to make a professional diagnosis and help you make the best decisions possible, with a clear understanding of the situation.
You have to have lived with a pet to fully understand just how important and deep the relationship and connection can be between human and animal companion is, especially after spending years together. So when the day comes that you realize there's no treatment left for whatever ails your beloved friend, or that their quality of life has become too severely compromised, you might want to discuss euthanasia with your vet. Take comfort: this last step will be taken gently and with dignity.
We know that this final step will be significant for you. Therefore, we have a room available just for you so that you can share this precious moment with your pet. Once you're ready, we will sedate your friend, so that they can spend their last moments in peace. If you would like to be present, you can be there, however, we do understand that it can be painful. Be at peace knowing that no matter what you decide your pet will be well loved in those last few moments. There won't be any pain and the transition will be completely natural.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER?
Once the procedure is completed, we recommend cremation. There are a variety of options available to you: group cremation, private cremation with ashes back, paw prints, etc. A veterinarian or veterinary technician can go over all the available options. If you choose not to have the ashes returned, the crematorium has a lovely garden where they spread the ashes.
CAN EUTHANASIA BE PERFORMED AT HOME?
Yes it can. Our vets may offer a medical service at home, especially if it is more difficult for your pet to come to the clinic. Then you can experience this difficult moment in the comfort of your home, and your pet can make the transition surrounded by a familiar and comforting environment. Please call our clinic to find out more information.