Compassionate End Of Life Care
HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE
Senior pets can develop discomfort from conditions such as arthritis, orthopedic problems, diseases, and even simple old-age aches and pains. To help them maintain their mobility and quality of life, we offer several pain management options for pets in need of hospice or palliative care:
- Pain medications
- Specific diets to manage their illness
- And more
KNOWING WHEN IT’S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE
How do you know when it's the right time to say goodbye to your best friend? This question is a difficult one to answer, but we’re here to guide you through it. Our goal is to offer our expert advice about your pet’s condition, their level of pain, and their ultimate prognosis. Yet, the final decision rests with you. As their parent, you hold a special bond with them that allows only you to understand when it might be time to say goodbye.
To help you in your journey, here are some things to watch for that could indicate your pet is ready to pass on:
- No longer seems like themselves
- Has no interest in the things they used to love such as walks, playtime, or treats
- Decreased or non-existent appetite
- Cannot move without pain, even with medication
- Lethargy and sleeping most of the day
- No longer greets you happily at the door
- Hides often or is unsociable with family
If your pet exhibits any one or more of these behaviors, please reach out to us at (201) 646-2008. We can assess their condition and see if there’s anything we can do to help them feel a bit more like themselves. If pain medications are ineffective, however, it may be time to say goodbye.
THE EUTHANASIA PROCESS
As pet parents ourselves, we know the pain of losing your best friend. Our humane cat and dog euthanasia process puts both your pet’s comfort and yours at the top of our priorities. When you come in for your appointment, we’ll set you up in a quiet room so you can have some privacy. Feel free to take as long as you need to say your final goodbyes. When you are ready, we’ll first administer a sedative that puts your pet into a deep sleep. Then, we’ll administer the euthanasia. Your pet will pass peacefully, with no pain or anxiety.
It’s best to have after-care services set up before your appointment in order to avoid making decisions during this difficult time. If you’re unsure who to contact for after-care services, please reach out to us, and we’ll be happy to give you some suggestions.