Category Archives: End of Life Decision-Making

A Place to Start (When You Don’t Know Where to Start)

This decision is not easy.  In fact, the question of whether to help end your pet’s suffering through euthanasia can be one of the most difficult decisions you will ever make. So many factors play a role in whether or … Continue reading

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J-O-U-R-N-E-Y-S: A Quality of Life Scale

The JOURNEYS scale, developed by Dr. Katie Hilst, DVM, is meant to get you thinking and considering the factors that affect your pet’s happiness and sense of well-being. There are no hard and fast rules, although in general a higher … Continue reading

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Your Pet’s “Bucket List”

Do you have a bucket list of things you’d like to do in your lifetime? Lots of people do, but have you ever considered making a bucket list for your pet? As our pets age and change, it’s easy to … Continue reading

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Understanding Your Options: Hospice and Palliative Care

When you learn that your pet has a terminal illness or is beginning to struggle with symptoms of old age, it can feel as if the rug has been pulled out from under you. It is normal to feel overwhelmed … Continue reading

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Caring for the Caregiver

In many helping professions, we are taught to remember “the oxygen mask”. This common phrase refers to the rule of thumb of which flight attendants remind us — you must first apply your mask and attend to your well-being before … Continue reading

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Do We Always Recommend Euthanasia?

I received the nicest card today from a woman whom I’ve never met in person.  Her name is Tedi and she lives in St Louis Park, MN.  She sent me a card with an adorable picture on the front of … Continue reading

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Making Arrangements… A Personal Choice

I recently spoke with a client who was interested in the details of what would happen to her pets’ body after a euthanasia appointment.  We talked at length about those specifics, and after some conversation I realized that she may … Continue reading

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Waiting for a Sign

The fact is we don’t know a whole lot about how animals communicate, but we certainly know that they do. It’s possible there is a lot more communication happening between us and our animals than we are sometimes aware of, … Continue reading

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A Day Too Late

“I tell all my puppy adopters, one day too early is so much better than one day too late.” Sage advice from a recent client’s mother who was joining us for the appointment of her grown daughter’s beloved cat.  Mom … Continue reading

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Quality of Life, Part I

Quality of life is a term we often hear when a pet is nearing the end of their life or experiencing an illness.  There are several ways to assess quality of life but it is very important to remember that … Continue reading

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