Perinton Veterinary Hospital End of Life Care
End of life is a difficult time for pet owners. The caring team at Perinton Veterinary Hospital is here to support and guide you with a focus on creating a peaceful passing for your special companion.
Comfort & Quality of Life
Whether your pet is elderly, fighting a chronic disease, or experiencing an acute illness or injury, the end of life can be fraught with difficult decisions and choices. When a cure is no longer possible, palliative care or euthanasia are approaches that require thoughtful consideration. Our experienced veterinarians address these situations with compassion and honesty, answering your every question and providing all available options. Comfort is our primary focus in determining quality of life for your pet. Whatever age or condition, we explore whether your dog or cat can be maintained in relative comfort, to sustain quality of life. Such palliative care is often a combination of treatments, including both pharmaceutical and alternative therapies.
Effective Therapies Provide Relief
Pharmaceutical therapies range from anti-inflammatory drugs to opioids and local anesthetics. Other pharmaceutical therapies may include antibiotics, diuretics, anti-seizure medications, or chemotherapy.
Non-drug and alternative therapies are often used in combination with pharmaceuticals, to enhance quality of life and provide relief. These may include options such as surgery, rehabilitation, nutritional support, IV fluids, or acupuncture.
For effective pain relief and sustained comfort, we often predict the course of an illness and provide preemptive pain support. This way, your pet never experiences uncontrolled pain.
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 deserve.