While we dread the moment we need to say goodbye to our furry family members and wish they could live forever, it's not the reality we are faced with. Here, our Marcello Veterinary Hospital vets talk about end-of-life care for your cat or dog, the decision for euthanasia, and all of the emotions that come with it.
End of Life Care & Euthanasia
At Marcello Veterinary Hospital, we do everything we can to make sure the final days or weeks of your pet's life are comfortable, calm, and pain-free.
We do this by conducting a complete quality-of-life exam, prescribing medication and food for pain management, as well as offering humane euthanasia.
One of the hardest choices you can make as a pet owner is to let your cherished dog or cat go.
Whether your furry friend is in their golden years or has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, there are many emotions you may feel or deal with during this loss.
When is it time to say goodbye?
No one knows your dog better than you do, and when they reach the end of their life, you will likely be the one to notice the behavior change. If your dog or cat is now on pain medication to keep them comfortable, you should discuss a reasonable timeframe for improvement with your vet. If your vet determines that your pet's quality of life is most likely to continue declining then you may want to speak with them about euthanasia.
It can be difficult to know if we are making the right choice at the right time but it's important to remember that you are not alone. It is most common for pet owners to need to decide on euthanasia once their cat or dog reaches the later years.
Discussing Euthanasia with Children
Pets are an extension of your family, and you likely treat them as such. This means that children tend to become quite attached to their furry friends. As difficult as it may be, allowing your child to be involved in the decision to say goodbye and present when it's time can be very important.
What happens when it's time?
When it is time to put your dog or cat to sleep, you will need to schedule an appointment with your vet. This is a medical procedure and is typically performed in the veterinary clinic.
In some cases, your dog or cat may already be at the hospital. If they have been placed under anesthetic for treatment the vet will likely recommend that they continue sleeping during the process. While this can be difficult for pet parents, it may be kinder for the pet.
Support Services For Dog & Cat Euthanasia in Houma & Raceland
Feeling angry, sad, or upset are normal emotions when you have to say goodbye to your furry companion. Remember, there is no wrong way to grieve.
You may feel as though your home and heart are emptier than they were before. While it will be hard, remember to reach out to family and friends for support and try to think of the good memories that you have with your pet.
When you feel ready you can reach out to our vets and local organizations for support through the grieving process.
Coping with pet loss is not easy. Heaven’s Pets at Lake Lawn Metairie provides complimentary grief support to all pet parents who are dealing with saying goodbye to a furry family member. Check their website for updated information about their grief support meetings.
Heaven’s Pets also offers pet cremation services, complimentary grief resources, options for urns, keepsakes, and permanent memorialization. Please ask about this service if you are interested.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.