Pet End-of-Life Care at Frontier Village
Deciding to euthanize a pet can be a difficult and sad experience. You may feel a wide range of emotions as the time comes. It is hard to be fully prepared for the feelings you will encounter. Grief is expressed in many different ways, and each situation is unique. It is natural to feel the way you are feeling. All of us at Frontier Village Veterinary Clinic have experienced the loss of a pet and are here to help you through this difficult time.
We can assist you in making this very personal decision. Your veterinarian can assess your pet’s physical condition and advise on quality of life considerations:
- If a pet can carry out normal body functions, such as eating, walking, and eliminating, responds in the usual ways, seeks its owner’s company, and participates in its normal social behaviors, many owners feel that this is not yet time to say goodbye.
- If your pet is experiencing consistent discomfort or pain, is unresponsive to affection, unaware of its surroundings, uninterested in life, or experiencing a terminal illness or cri
While many people worry they will not know when the time is right, you are the best judge of your pet’s quality of life.
Some people wish to be with their pet during the final moments. Others feel that the experience would be too much to handle. Either decision you make is appropriate. It is sometimes helpful to say goodbye in this final setting, and we are here to accommodate your needs and requests.
You are not alone. There are many others experiencing similar grief. Pet loss can be very difficult. Listed below are a few examples of pet loss support groups that are available to help.
Nothing can make this decision an easy or painless one, but it truly is the final act of love that you can make for your pet. If you have specific questions or concerns about euthanasia or you would like more information regarding the diagnosis or treatment of your pet’s disease, please contact our veterinarians.