Pet End-of-Life Care and Euthanasia
Helping you care for your pet for their whole lifetime is our ultimate goal at UVH. We can provide treatment for chronic illness and relieve symptoms so your four-legged family member can enjoy their senior years to the fullest. When your pet approaches the end of their life, it’s important to speak with your vet about end-of-life care options. In addition to palliative and hospice care to ease pain and give your pet more quality time with you, we can also provide euthanasia to alleviate their suffering.
Our team is here to help you make the best medical decisions for your pet. If you would like to discuss euthanasia, get in touch with us to schedule an appointment.
How Do I Know When It’s Time?
One of the things we will want to discuss with you about your pet is their quality of life. Quality of life is a key indicator of your pet’s overall condition. If they are still alert, happy, and eating well, there might be treatment options available to enhance and extend their life.
However, if your pet is showing these signs, it might be time to discuss euthanasia:
- Not eating or drinking
- Sleeping most of the time
- Hiding, avoiding socialization
- Having frequent accidents in the house
- Unable to walk, stand
- Seems to be in pain most of the time (vocalizing, trembling, hunched posture)
To discuss your pet’s quality of life in more detail and make an accurate assessment of their condition, contact us to schedule an exam. The University Veterinary Hospital team will answer all your questions and support you through the decision-making process.