End of Life Care

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Bayview Animal Hospital End of Life Care

The impending loss of a pet is a difficult, emotional experience, and our compassionate team is here to offer guidance and support to you and your family. Whether your pet is entering his or her golden years or has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, we can help you determine the appropriate course of action and minimize any pain or discomfort your pet may experience.

Comfort & Quality of Life

Whether your pet is elderly, fighting a chronic disease, or experiencing an acute illness or injury, the end of life can be fraught with difficult decisions and choices. When a cure is no longer possible, palliative care or euthanasia are approaches that require thoughtful consideration. Our experienced veterinarians address these situations with compassion and honesty, answering your every question and providing all available options. Comfort is our primary focus in determining quality of life for your pet. Whatever age or condition, we explore whether your dog or cat can be maintained in relative comfort, to sustain quality of life. Such palliative care is often a combination of treatments, including both pharmaceutical and alternative therapies.

How to Know When it’s Time

In some situations, your veterinarian is able to make a definitive recommendation regarding euthanasia. However, there may be times when you must ultimately make the decision based on our medical prognosis and what you observe in your pet’s behavior. The following are common signs that your cat, dog, or small mammal pet is no longer experiencing a high quality of life:

  • Frequent vomiting or diarrhea
  • He or she has stopped eating or will only eat by force.
  • Frequent incontinence
  • Loss of interest in all or most of his or her favorite activities
  • Chronic labored breathing or coughing
  • Unable to stand or walk independently
What to Expect
Once a decision is made to proceed, we will thoroughly discuss the procedure to make sure you’re as prepared as possible when the day arrives. Euthanasia is often a two-step process. First, a sedative is administered to make your pet calm and comfortable. Then, a medication is injected so your pet is no longer aware of the end-of-life experience.

The entire process is fast and painless and is similar to what you would feel when undergoing general anesthesia for a surgical procedure. It’s an individual choice whether you or your family are present that day, and our team can counsel you through the various decisions that must be made. We also offer cremation services and will provide a print of your pet’s paw if desired.

While we’re always sensitive to our clients’ needs, we’re especially aware of how upsetting this time can be for owners. You can trust Bayview Animal Hospital to provide the gentle, considerate care that you, your pet, and your family deserve.

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