Sometimes nature doesn’t bring death quickly or painlessly. You may be able to spare your pet pain and suffering and also spare yourself the awful memory of your pet’s suffering.
The decision to help your pet pass away through gentle euthanasia should be made carefully and thoughtfully, with good counsel and accurate information.
For many people, euthanasia seems appropriate when the pet is unable to get up, refuses food and water, or is visibly in pain. It’s much harder to know what to do when the signs are less obvious. To avoid pain and suffering for your pet, you may be faced with making a decision about euthanasia before these obvious symptoms occur.
Consulting with friends and family, or your team of hospice providers, you can try to objectively decide what’s right for your pet. Three helpful things to consider:
- Is my pet suffering or in pain?
- Has my pet’s quality of life diminished significantly?
- Am I able to provide the care my pet needs?
Your veterinarian can help guide your decision and provide this service.
Many pet owners choose to consult with an animal communicator to gain insight into what their pet may be feeling, and be confident in their decisions.
A growing trend in animal care is in-home euthanasia.
For many pet owners, this option is ideal, in that their pet won't experience any undue stress by getting everyone into the car and traveling to the vet office; they can prepare a calm area where their pet is comfortable and secure.
In-home euthanasia has the added benefit of allowing your other pets or family members to experience the death and accept what is happening. It can be confusing for your other pets if one of their companion simply never comes home.
The peace of mind owners can get when choosing in-home euthanasia often far outweighs any additional costs.
You can do a search for "in-home euthanasia" in your city, or check this online directory: http://www.inhomepeteuthanasia.com