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When is it time?

Choosing the right time to say goodbye to a beloved pet is often a complex decision. It's important to recognize that there's usually not a single perfect moment, but rather an appropriate window of time that could span hours, days, weeks, or even months.

Many families opt for euthanasia to prevent further physical or mental suffering for their pet and to alleviate the emotional burden on themselves. It's a compassionate choice made out of love and concern for their furry companion's well-being.

During this difficult time, we're here to provide support, guidance, and understanding as you navigate this sensitive decision

This decision is always yours to make--we are here to support and guide you in this journey.

Making the decision to say goodbye to a cherished pet can feel overwhelming and heartbreaking. We understand the importance of this decision, which is why we offer a thorough initial phone consultation to discuss your pet's diagnosis, disease progression, and quality of life. During our conversation, we'll focus on your pet's well-being, discussing critical questions such as:

  • Do moments of discomfort outnumber moments of happiness?

  • Can pain be effectively managed?

  • Is the condition likely to become emergent?

  • Are you equipped to provide the necessary nursing care for your pet's quality of life?

  • Are there interventions that could meaningfully improve your pet's quality of life?

To aid in this decision-making process, we may recommend utilizing quality-of-life assessment scales and calendars along with evaluating your pet's pain via this dog pain scale or cat pain scale. These tools can provide structure to your discussions within the family and offer a more objective way to evaluate your pet's condition and well-being. Sometimes, reframing this decision can also help your family, as explained here.
Further resources such as Ohio State University's Honoring the Bond program can provide valuable insights into questions to ask yourself, debunks euthanasia myths, and offers tips for navigating discussions with family members, including children. In addition to our phone consultations, these resources can be invaluable in ensuring that your decisions are well-informed and guided by the best interests of your furry companion.

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