Euthanasia Services and End-of-Life Care: Compassionate Support for Your Beloved Pet
Our Commitment to Compassion:
At Sandringham Veterinary Hospital, we understand that reaching the point of saying goodbye to your pet is one of the most challenging decisions a pet owner can face. We want to provide you with all the information and support you need to make this decision during this difficult time.
As pets age, their needs change, and they may encounter various health challenges. Our team is dedicated to guiding you through the process and offering compassionate end-of-life care options. We assist in easing your pet’s discomfort, adjust their medications, and offer extra support to improve their last days.
Pet Euthanasia Services:
When the time comes to say goodbye to your cherished companion, we offer euthanasia services that prioritize your pet’s peace and comfort. Our euthanasia for cats and dogs process is gentle and respectful, allowing you to be present and say your farewells if you wish.
The Benefits of Our Euthanasia Services:
Compassion and Empathy: We understand the emotional toll this decision takes, and we provide a caring and understanding environment.
At-Home Euthanasia: For a more familiar and peaceful setting, we offer at-home euthanasia services to minimize stress for both you and your pet.
Aftercare Options: We offer a range of aftercare options, including cremation or burial services, allowing you to choose what best suits your preferences and needs.
Grief Support: Coping with the loss of a pet can be incredibly challenging. Our team is here to provide resources and support during your grieving process.
Guidelines for Deciding When It’s Time:
We understand how difficult it can be to determine the right time for euthanasia. Here are some guidelines to help you make this challenging decision:
- Rule 1: Your pet should eat and drink with pleasure and look forward to mealtime and treats.
- Rule 2: Your pet should enjoy your company and want to be close to you, not hiding or seeking solitude.
- Rule 3: Your pet should enjoy or make attempts to join you for walks, even if they are short.
- Rule 4: Your pet should be able to rest comfortably without being in an uncontrollable or unmanageable amount of pain or discomfort.
- Rule 5: Your pet should not exhibit behaviors that might jeopardize the bond, such as aggression, not recognizing you, or incontinence.
On the point of incontinence, it’s important to remember that, over time, this can start to corrode the bond, and your pet may be embarrassed or distressed when this happens.
This guidance is based on experience gained from being a veterinarian and helping many families make this difficult decision. It’s essential to focus on the good days instead of the bad days when considering euthanasia. If your pet is missing one or more of these quality-of-life criteria, it may be time to consider euthanasia.
We hope these guidelines provide clarity about your pet’s condition and the way forward. Please take all the time needed to make this decision. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact the clinic. Our team is here to offer support and answer any questions you may have during this very difficult time.