End of Life Care

Providing Support During Difficult Times

Pittsford Animal Hospital End of Life Care

Losing a pet is emotional for any owner, and our compassionate team is here to offer guidance through this extremely difficult experience. Whether your pet is entering his or her golden years or has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, we can help you determine the appropriate course of action and minimize any pain or discomfort for your pet.

Making a Decision

In some situations, your veterinarian is able to make a definitive recommendation regarding euthanasia. However, there may be times when you must ultimately make the decision based on our medical prognosis and what you observe in your pet’s behavior. The following are signs that your cat or dog is no longer experiencing a high quality of life:

  • Frequent vomiting or diarrhea
  • He or she has stopped eating or will only eat by force
  • Frequent incontinence
  • Loss of interest in all or most of his or her favorite activities
  • Chronic labored breathing or coughing
  • Unable to stand or walk independently
What to Expect
Once the decision is made to proceed, we will thoroughly review the procedure to make sure you’re as prepared as possible when the day arrives. Euthanasia is often a two-step process. First, a sedative is administered to make your pet calm and comfortable. Then a medication is injected so your pet is no longer aware of the end-of-life experience.

The entire process is fairly quick 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 team can counsel you through the various decisions that must be made.

At Pittsford Animal Hospital, we are always sensitive to our clients’ needs, but we’re especially aware of how difficult the end-of-life experience can be for owners. You can trust us to provide the gentle, considerate care that you, your pet, and your family deserve.

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