Compassionate Pet Hospice & in Home Pet Euthanasia for Dogs & Cats
Serving the San Francisco Peninsula, East Bay, and South Bay areas
What You Need To Know About Pet Euthanasia
Are you confronted with the difficult decision of “When is time to say goodbye?” This is the most difficult decision you make for your dog or cat. Unfortunately, it is a question we as pet owners find ourselves needing to answer. Speaking to your regular veterinarian about your pet’s condition can really help with this decision making process. If your dog or cat is really having a difficult time and you know their condition will not improve pet euthanasia may be the right thing to do to prevent your pet from suffering. There are things to look for to help you to understand how your dog or cat is feeling. As well as reading these signs below you can speak with your veterinarian or call to speak with us. We are here to help you through this difficult time.
When Is The Right Time To Euthanize?
When you first got your pet, you probably fell in love and wanted him or her to stay with you for a lifetime. Unfortunately, even the healthiest of pets will succumb to disease or old age even though we wish it would never happen. It is best to work with your veterinarian to help diagnose the condition of your pet. Veterinarians are able to guide you through the process of diagnosing a disease. They will let you know your options in regards to tests that can be performed. They will also let you know if a referral to a veterinary specialist might be needed. Veterinarians can also help you to decide when it is time. But ultimately, it boils down to your personal decision based on what you observe about the behavior, attitude, and quality of life of your pet.
The following are several signs that may indicate your pet is no longer enjoying a good quality of life:
Your pet is having trouble breathing, weakness, or extreme lethargy.
Your pet has nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea that cannot be resolved by treatment from a veterinarian.
Your pet experiences chronic pain that doesn’t go away even with medication.
Your pet finds it very difficult to walk or cannot get up.
Your pet is refusing to eat or drink.
Your pet is having trouble urinating or defecating.
Your pet has had a significant behavior change and has lost interest in his or her favorite activities.
“Dr Rathjen came to my family’s home to put our beloved 13 year old dog, Bessie, to sleep. Restful Paws in home hospice and euthanasia far exceeded our expectation because Dr Rathjen was supportive and professional throughout the entire process. She walked us through the steps she would take and always put Bessie first during this trying time.
“We cannot say enough positive comments about Dr. Vine. Her demeanor and professionalism during these rough times was absolutely amazing. Patient, calm, empathetic, informative, timely, comforting, and compassionate. It really is important that every pet owner in the area is aware of Restful Paws and Dr. Vine; they are the very best at what they do.
“Dr. Vine is incredibly professional and as compassionate as a veterinarian can possibly be in such situations. I highly recommend her hospice and in home euthanasia services. My experience could not have gone better, though it was very painful, Dr. Vine made it so much better.
“Dr. Rathjen is an angel for animals. I can’t thank her enough for all she did during this most difficult time.
“Dr. Louise Rathjen was a godsend. She helped me make those difficult decisions and supported me as I grieved the loss of my animal friend. Throughout the process she was available by phone or email. She made visits to help me provide quality and happiness to my dog in her last months of life. It mattered to me that she bonded with Dr. Rathjen and trusted her. I was able to give her the calm, loving, farewell she deserved because of Restful Paws.
How To Go Through The Grieving Process?
Upon learning that your pet has a terminal illness, it’s only natural to grieve as you think about how to handle the days to come. At this point, you should try to focus your attention to improving the quality of life of your pet as much as you can. This is a difficult process, one that requires the cooperation of other people close to your pet. If possible, before the procedure, inform all members of your family about what lies ahead so they can have time to say their goodbyes.
You also have the option of using pet hospice care. This is a special program designed to allow pets to spend their final years, months, weeks, or days with adequate company, support, and therapy. Hospice care isn’t only about pain management. It may also involve the use of acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, and other forms of therapy to enhance your pet’s quality of life. It is also essential to make sure you and your family feel supported through this difficult time. Hospice care involves taking care of your pet and your family.
What To Expect During Euthanasia?
As hard as it is to think about, it can be helpful to get a better understanding of pet euthanasia. This may assist you in preparing for the procedure and in coping with the grieving process.
The goal of in home euthanasia is to give your dog or cat a peaceful passing at home. We start by giving a medication that is part pain medication and part sedative. This medication will help to alleviate any pain your pet might be in and ease them to sleep. The medication usually takes 5-10 minutes to take effect. During this time you can be with your dog or cat and give him or her lots of love and reassurance.
We then will give a second medication that will allow your pet to pass peacefully within a few minutes. You may take as much time as you need with your pet after they have passed. We will then take care of all aftercare arrangements for you. This allows you to focus on taking care of yourself and your loved ones after you say goodbye.
You’ll be able to be with your dog or cat throughout this entire process to help him or her to be calm and comforted. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you and your pet through this very difficult time. In home pet euthanasia allows your pet to have a dignified and peaceful passing from the comfort of their own home.