Caring and Compassionate Pet Euthanasia
Euthanasia is something most people would rather not think about, but unfortunately, pets grow old and/or become ill, and when they appear to be suffering, sometimes saying goodbye to your pet is the most caring and compassionate thing a pet owner can do.
Understanding When It's Time to Say Goodbye
It can be difficult for pet owners to determine when it’s time to say goodbye to their beloved pets, especially if your pet has good days and bad days. If you are unsure as to whether it’s time to say goodbye, CROSSPOINTE ANIMAL HOSPITAL can evaluate your pet’s health and answer your questions in order to help guide you to make a decision.
Some factors to consider when evaluating your pet's quality of life:
1. Your Pet Is in Chronic Pain that Cannot Be Alleviated With Medication
2. Your Pet Has Stopped Eating and/or Lost Weight For A Prolonged Period Of Time
3. Your Pet’s Activity Levels Have Dropped
4. Your Pet Can No Longer Stand or Walk on His or Her Own
In-Hospital Pet Euthanasia
Many pet owners choose in-hospital pet euthanasia. CROSSPOINTE ANIMAL HOSPITAL uses fear free techniques and fear free certified staff members to help your pet remain calm while in the hospital.
Once you arrive at our hospital, you will have the option of choosing how involved you wish to be in your pet’s final moments. If you wish to stay with your beloved dog or cat throughout their final moments, our team will escort you to a private room where you can say your goodbyes and hold your pet while he or she passes.
During the procedure, your veterinarian will give your pet a sedative to calm them, before injecting the medications that help your pet pass peacefully. Once your pet has passed, you will have the option to take your pet back home for burial, or we can send your pet to a crematory where he or she can be cremated and you can retrieve their remains back at a later date. Crosspointe Animal Hospital also offers clay paw prints as a keepsake for your family.
At-Home Pet Euthanasia
An increasing number of pet owners are choosing at-home pet euthanasia in order to help keep their pets as comfortable as possible and in a familiar environment. The process for at-home pet euthanasia is essentially the same as in the hospital. The only difference is that our veterinarian brings the medications to your home to be administered. Being at home also gives you the option of having your pet put to sleep either indoors or outdoors, depending on which you think your pet would prefer. Once the medication has been administered and your pet has passed peacefully, you will be given time to grieve. When you and your family members are ready, our veterinarian can bring your pet back with them to the hospital where they will be transferred to a crematory for care of remains, or you may bury your pet at home.
For questions about pet euthanasia or to schedule an appointment with CROSSPOINTE ANIMAL HOSPITAL, call us at 703-690-6600 today. We're here to help make this difficult process a little easier on your family.