Dogs and cats are more than just pets—they are four-legged companions, friends you love just as much as your human family members. When you realize your beloved pet is nearing the end of her life, it can be a scary, emotional process trying to figure out what steps to take next. At Village Vet of Urbana, our end-of-life care services can help you handle this difficult time with love and compassion.
To discuss your pet’s end-of-life options, please schedule an appointment at Village Vet of Urbana by calling 301-228-0681 or contacting us online.
Caring for Senior Pets
As your pet gets older, it’s wise to take advantage of our senior pet care services. We’ll address issues that commonly appear in older pets, including decreased mobility, hearing loss, and vision problems. We’ll help you adjust your pet’s diet, exercise routine, and overall lifestyle to meet her changing needs.
Is It Time for End-of-Life Care?
At some point, it’s possible for your pet to develop a condition that causes her a lot of pain or degrades her quality of life substantially. This is when you must ask yourself, “Is it time?”
Saying goodbye isn’t easy, and we know this decision is not made lightly. That’s why we encourage you to bring your pet to Village Vet of Urbana if you think your pet is suffering. We’ll go over treatment options, costs, and prognosis with you. Consulting with our knowledgeable vet will help you make the best decision for you and your pet.
Quality of Life Scale
To determine your pet’s quality of life, professionals consider the following criteria by using a score of 0-10 for each (0 = bad, 10 = good):
- Hurt: Is your pet in pain? Can the pain be easily managed?
- Hunger: Is your pet eating enough? Have methods such as hand-feeding helped?
- Hydration: Is your pet dehydrated? Are subcutaneous fluids once or twice a day tolerated and enough to solve the problem?
- Hygiene: Do you brush your pet and keep them clean after elimination? Are there pressure sores on your pet?
- Happiness: Does your pet seem happy? Does your pet respond to things around them, like family members or toys? Can you move your pet’s bed to eliminate isolation?
- Mobility: Can your pet get up without assistance? Can they move around with or without human or mechanical help?
- More Good Days than Bad: If your pet is having more bad days than good, it could be time to consider the pet’s quality of life.
The numbers are added up, and if the total exceeds a score of 35, then your pet is deemed to have an acceptable quality of life. For more information, click here.
If you think your pet is in pain, call us at 301-228-0681. We’ll discuss your pet’s quality of life with compassion and understanding.
Deciding to euthanize a pet is a tough decision. You might feel grief and guilt from your choice to end your pet’s life.
When it comes to pet euthanasia, remember to keep these things in mind:
- If there is a viable treatment for improving and extending your pet’s life, we will tell you. We always go over all possible care options before recommending Agape Pet Services for euthanasia and cremation.
- If there is no better option available, your choice to seek end-of-life care puts a stop to your pet’s needless suffering, which is a selfless act of love.
- Euthanasia is a painless procedure, so rest assured that your pet experiences no distress as a result of your decision.
End-of-Life Options for Your Pet
At Village Vet of Urbana, we recommend Agape Pet Services located in Boonsboro, Maryland for pet cremation services. The end-of-life options at this facility are dignified and personalized. If you wish, you can choose a privately attended cremation ceremony or a group cremation so you can be present during the process.
Agape offers resources to help with the grieving process, including keepsake jewelry, key chains, urns, and burial markers that allow your pet’s memory to live on. You can place orders online or give Agape a call to help you through the ordering process.
For more information on dignified end-of-life options for your pet, contact our vets at Village Vet of Urbana.
Compassionate End-of-Life Pet Care in Urbana, MD
We know that losing a dog or cat causes great heartache for pet parents. If your pet is showing signs that she might be at the end of her life, please call Village Vet of Urbana for the prompt, compassionate care you and your pet deserve. We’ll disclose all possible treatment options and explain the end-of-life process so you can make the most humane decision possible for your beloved companion.
To begin discussing end-of-life options for your pet, please contact Village Vet of Urbana today at 301-228-0681.