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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Do We Always Recommend Euthanasia?

  Your pet is a beloved member of your family; he or she shares your home, your daily routine, and maybe even your bed. As our pets age or become ill, it can be difficult to assess their quality 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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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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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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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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