Category Archives: End-of-life decisions

What to Expect During the Euthanasia Appointment

 We often hear questions about what to expect during a home euthanasia appointment. It can be helpful to know how this appointment may be different than visits you have made to the veterinary office with a pet at the end of … Continue reading

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How do I know it’s time?

“I wish my pet could just tell me when they’re ready.” We often hear clients say this when struggling to make the decision on whether to help their pet with euthanasia. This can be the hardest decision that we as … Continue reading

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‘Quality of Life’ Photo Journal for Your Aging Pet

As a veterinarian who works with pet owners making end of life decisions for their beloved pet, I am often witness to how difficult those decisions can be. I remember a visit I made to a home a few years … Continue reading

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Knowing “When”

“How will we know when it’s time?” It is one of the questions we most often hear as we talk with our clients. You may have recently received news of a difficult diagnosis for your pet, maybe cancer or kidney … Continue reading

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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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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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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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