We wish we could say there is an easy way to find out if at home pet euthanasia is the right choice for your pet, but it’s not that straight-forward. Some will say when the bad days outweigh the good, but that can be difficult to quantify if we measure quality of old age and dying with quality of living.
We offer personalized, at home consultations to see how your senior or terminal pet is doing and a review of records. During this consultation our veterinarian will do an exam and will go over their findings in the most compassionate yet truthful way. Assessments educate and education is empowering. We will discuss your pet’s overall comfort, understand your goals and help you navigate complex decisions for the way forward at a gentle pace. A great resource for animal hospice and education is International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care.
Some parents are looking for more information on a natural death, without euthanasia, which is also an option. We offer education on the natural death process and guidance on the stages of dying. It is good to know that dying does not cause pain, however determining if this is the right path for you and your beloved animal takes support and we offer that. A home consultation is required, whereby the entire family is requested to attend. A great resource for animal hospice, palliative care and understanding the animal dying experience is BrightHaven Animal Sanctuary.
Going within and seeking guidance can also be supportive. Travelling the path of least regrets can be a challenge, but it is possible with professional and compassionate support.