Caring and Compassionate Pet Euthanasia
The hardest part of being a pet owner is saying goodbye. The entire Higgins staff owns pets and we understand more than anyone else how hard this can be. Unfortunately everyone's pets become old and sometimes very ill. When they appear to be suffering and can no longer enjoy doing the things they once did, euthanasia is the most selfless and compassionate service a pet owner can do for their pet.
Understanding When It's Time to Say Goodbye
It can be difficult to determine when it’s time, especially if your pet has good days and bad days. If you are unsure as to whether it’s time to say goodbye, the veterinarian can help evaluate your pet’s health and answer your questions in order to help you make a decision.
Some common dihn that help determine quality of life:
- Chronic pain that is no longer alleviated with medication
- Has stopped eating and/or losing weight
- Has chronic vomiting and/or diarrhea that can't be controlled
- Activity levels have dropped significantly
- Reliving themselves inside the home and/or on themselves
- No longer greets you and/or comes to see you
- Can no longer stand or walk on their own
In-Office Pet Euthanasia
Many pet owners choose in-office pet euthanasia. However, they still want their pets to be comfortable for the journey and to help reduce pet anxiety. The staff can help you make your pet’s final car ride more comfortable by providing you with a sedative that you can give to your pet prior to arriving at our veterinary office.
Once you arrive, you will be escorted to a quiet room immediately while a candle is lit in the lobby in respect of this moment and your pet.
The options for aftercare will be presented while your pet is being prepared for the procedure. Then you will have the option of choosing how involved you wish to be in your pet’s final moments. If you wish to stay with your pet throughout their final moments, you can say your goodbyes and hold your pet while he or she passes. You are welcome to stay with them for as long as you need to afterwards.
During the procedure, your veterinarian will give your pet a sedative to put them to sleep then inject the medications that help your pet pass peacefully. Once your pet has passed, you will have the option to take your pet back home for burial, or give you the option of cremation. We will contact you when your pet's ashes have returned.
At-Home Pet Euthanasia
There are services available to pet owners are choosing at-home pet euthanasia in order to help their pets be as comfortable as possible and in a familiar environment.
For questions about pet euthanasia or to schedule an appointment with Wheeling Animal Hospital, call us at (847) 520-7387 today. All of us own pets and we understand how to make this difficult process a little easier on your family.