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Quality of Life Consultations

Making the decision as to whether or not our beloved pet is enjoying a good quality of life is a heart wrenching decision. Very rarely, pets who suffer from debilitating conditions or are nearing the end of their lives give us some kind of clear sign that their days are filled with pain and they are ready to say goodbye. This may be in the form of a look they give us, a stumble, or something so subtle that only you, who know them well, will see or sense. The majority of pets however, do not. This can leave owners to struggle for months with the question of whether or not a humane euthanasia may be the last kind act to spare them of suffering.

Our caring staff is here to guide you through this most difficult and courageous decision with a quality of life consultation. At this time, you would have the option of addressing your concerns with a veterinarian with or without your pet present. We would address such things as disease progression, guidelines to determine decline, and compassion fatigue in owners caring for very ill pets. We will also give you objective tools to help you determine the true quality of your pet’s life in order to ensure an informed and peaceful decision is made when the time comes.

Euthanasia comes from the Greek word meaning “Good Death”. This is probably the most difficult decision a pet owner has to make. Euthanasia enables owners to give their pet a quick and peaceful death with the same dignity they lived their lives.

There are a number of aftercare options for your pet including group and private cremation.

 

God looked around his garden and found an empty place,
He then looked down upon the earth and saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful he always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering he knew you were in pain.
He knew that you would never get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough and the hills were hard to climb.
So he closed your weary eyelids and whispered, ‘Peace be Thine’.
It broke our hearts to lose you but you didn’t go alone,
for part of us went with you the day God called you home.

– Author Unknown