Greece Animal Hospital End of Life Care
End of life for a dog or cat may be difficult for both pets and their owners. The professional team at Greece Animal Hospital provides support, guidance, and a comfortable, serene passing for your cherished companion.
Comfort & Quality of Life
Whether your pet is aging, acutely ill, injured, or has a chronic disease, the end of life can bring tough decisions and pet owners’ choices. Palliative care or euthanasia requires thoughtful consideration and professional guidance. Our veterinarians will provide you with compassion, honesty, and answers to every question regarding options pet care options at the end of life.
We focus on comfort and quality of life for every patient, at every age. Our palliative care plans usually combine treatments that include both pharmaceutical and alternative therapies. We design a plan to maintain comfort and quality of life for pets, with deep consideration for your family’s needs and wishes.
Effective Therapies Provide Relief
Proactive treatment is applied as we predict the course of a pet’s illness. Our effective therapies ensure your dogs and cats never experience uncontrolled pain.
Treatments may include anti-inflammatory drugs, opioids, local anesthetics, antibiotics, diuretics, anti-seizure medications, or chemotherapy.
In combination with medical treatment, nondrug and alternative therapies are available to enhance the quality of life. Such options include nutritional support, referral for rehabilitation, IV fluids, surgical procedures, and acupuncture.
How to Know When it’s Time
The decision to end a life is never easy. Our compassionate veterinarians work with you to determine when the time has come for euthanasia. We offer the most humane options for end of life and provide support for patients and their families until the end.
What to Expect
Once a decision is made, we will thoroughly review the procedure with you to make sure you’re as prepared as possible when the day arrives. The entire process takes 10 to 20 seconds and is similar to what you would feel when undergoing general anesthesia for a surgical procedure.
It’s an individual choice whether you or your family are present that day, and our team will help counsel you through the various decisions that must be made. Our hospital also offers cremation services for those who choose this option.
While we’re always sensitive to our clients’ needs, we’re especially aware of what a painful and difficult time this can be. We are here to provide the gentle, compassionate care you, your pet, and your family deserves.