Aging is an inevitable and natural part of life. Age-related illnesses or chronic disease could start to affect your pet’s overall well-being and quality of life. Sometimes older pets develop a lack of interest in basic activities such as eating or drinking or might become incontinent. When these circumstances arise, you can count on the team at Adobe Animal Hospital & Laser Surgery Center for a compassionate and judgment-free solution. We are always prepared to answer your questions and concerns regarding end-of-life care.
Assessing Your Pet’s Behavior
Observing your pet’s daily behaviors is necessary to determine their quality of life. Answering the following questions can help you understand your pet’s situation:
- Is your pet eating and drinking?
- Is your pet able to keep food down or vomiting what they ingest?
- Can your pet still move its body?
- Is mobility interfering with bathroom needs?
- How is your pet’s appearance? Does your pet look healthy or ill?
- Is your pet still interested in its usual activities?
- Does your pet look in pain? Could pain medication be beneficial?
The team at Adobe Animal Hospital & Laser Surgery Center understands the sorrow that comes with the experience of a pet’s final days. We are here to comfort you, and provide the necessary support to find the most suitable option for you and your loved ones.
The Purpose Of Hospice Care
Hospice care is a compassionate option for pets with terminal illnesses. Hospice care offers comforting and supportive measures like providing the proper hydration and overseeing hygiene, which can ease the symptoms that accompany the end-of-life stage.
Determining The Right Time
Our concern is to reduce the mental and physical anguish associated with your pet’s final days, but this is not always enough to eliminate what cannot be changed. Choosing to consider ending your pet’s pain is one of the hardest decisions any pet parent can make. We can help you determine when it is the most compassionate thing to do.
Whatever you and your family decide, please know that we are along your side. We can assist you with the process, and provide you with after-care information regarding cremation, burial, paw prints, and memorials.
We offer a supportive and quiet environment that makes saying goodbye to your pet as gentle as possible. We will offer guidance before and after the process and can connect you with pet owners in similar situations for grief support.
Connect with us today at (530) 673-4744 to learn more about hospice care or euthanasia.