The loss of a pet is perhaps the most difficult experience for any owner, and our team is here to offer compassionate guidance through this challenging time. In some situations, we may be able to make a definitive recommendation regarding euthanasia. However, there may be times when owners must ultimately make a decision based on our medical prognosis and what they observe in their pet’s behavior.
The following are common signs that your cat or dog is no longer enjoying a high quality of life:
- Frequent vomiting or diarrhea
- Frequent incontinence
- Lack of appetite
- Loss of interest in all or most activities
- Chronic labored breathing or coughing
- Unable to stand or walk independently
What To Expect
Once the decision is made, our team will review the procedure to make sure you’re as prepared as possible when this difficult day arrives. Euthanasia is often a two-step process. First, a sedative is administered to make your pet calm and comfortable. A medication is then injected so your pet is no longer aware of the end-of-life experience.
The entire process takes 10 to 20 seconds and is similar to what you would feel when undergoing general anesthesia for a surgical procedure. It’s an individual choice whether you or your family are present that day, and our staff can counsel you through the various decisions that must be made. We also offer private cremation services and will provide an impression of your pet’s paw with his or her name on it if desired.
While we’re always sensitive to our clients’ needs, we’re especially aware of how extremely painful this loss can be. Guthrie Pet Hospital is here to provide the gentle, compassionate care you, your pet, and your family deserve.