We extend our deepest sympathies as you contemplate ending your pet’s life. We know this is a difficult decision to make and we want to offer any support you need. Our veterinary team is able to meet with you and discuss your pet’s medical condition, which can help you decide what is best for them and your family.
What is euthanasia?
Euthanasia is a life-ending procedure where your pet peacefully passes away after they’re injected with medication that stops their heart and lungs almost instantly. Euthanasia helps preserve your pet’s dignity, allowing them to end their life in a respectful and relatively painless procedure. Especially if your pet has been unwell or not themselves for a while, this procedure can provide much needed relief. When contemplating euthanasia, it’s important to consider how your pet’s quality of life is being affected by their overall health. To discuss more about the procedure, you can contact us at (604) 940-0899.
When should I consider this procedure?
Though there’s never a right time to perform the procedure, we can provide you with the information you need to make a decision you feel comfortable with. It’s important you don’t feel rushed or pressured into deciding if this is right for your pet. If your pet seems to have more bad days in a row than good, euthanasia could be the best way to ease their suffering. Before the procedure, it’s important to prepare your loved ones. Spend as much time with your furry family member in the days leading up to the procedure so everyone has time to say their goodbyes.
Helpful resource to consider: How Will I Know It’s Time to Say Goodbye?
How do I know if my pet has a poor quality of life?
It’s important to closely pay attention to your pet to determine how their quality of life is being affected. Since pets can’t share their pain with us, it’s evident in their daily actions and behaviours. Some signs your pet is experiencing a poor quality of life include:
- Inability to walk or stand alone
- Wincing or wincing constantly despite pain medication
- Difficulty breathing
- Persistent coughing
- Rapid weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Poor hygiene
- Hiding or avoiding interactions