Category Archives: End-of-life decisions

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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Pain, Quality of Life – Part II

“I don’t think my pet is in pain.” We often hear pet owners grappling with the issue of pain for their pet.  After completing your pet’s quality of life checklist, you may have found that while you were making a … Continue reading

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Children and Pet Loss

The loss of a pet is often a child’s first experience with death and because it is painful, parents often wish to protect them from it.  Not talking about it, however, can make the grief process even more difficult.  Parents … Continue reading

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