Pet Loss and Peaceful Euthanasia at Home

Dying is of course a natural part of life's journey but can be a difficult time filled with great challenges, many uncertainties and much sadness. Euthanasia means peaceful passing.  I remain truly grateful that in veterinary medicine we have this option for all of our four legged loved ones. When they are suffering with great pain, frustration, anxiety, or experiencing little joy with challenges too great, we can choose to give them peace.  No one wants to say good-bye. What matters most in times of uncertainty is all the love in the middle and continuing to be there with all your love, encouragement and support. Time marches on. We choose to make this difficult decision to spare our dears from further suffering in the end. Euthanasia may be the last act of  kindness you provide for your loved one. It is a little easier and certainly more peaceful for pets & people, to make arrangements for end of life services in the comfort of their own home. Home is where the heart lives. There, there is love and dignity, there is not anxiety or fear. 

Age is not a disease but often brings challenges. You know best the quality of your pet's daily life. Even though more time may be spent sleeping and your friend may no longer be able to do things he or she enjoyed in days and times gone by, there are still many questions to be asked & answered in helping you make this difficult decision. Are there times your friend enjoys attention, seeks affection and is able to get around? Are there things in each day your pet looks forward to like your return, meal times, treats or quiet one on one time? What are the things you see that cause you to be concerned? Your vet knows best how your pet's physical condition may impact limitations, challenges with daily activities, frustration, anxiety or discomfort. It may be that something could be done to help keep your pet comfortable at home for a time, or perhaps not. Together, you can discuss and come to a mutual understanding of the balance of joys & challenges your loved one is experiencing today and those tomorrow may bring. We all want what is best for our loved ones and often fear anything less. There are not always right or wrong answers. There may or may not be a sign that tells you that the time is now. Sometimes that time simply arrives, without notice. What matters in this moment is your pet's comfort and that you are able to make this decision for your dear friend without regret, or with less regret.

Dr Allen can help. She takes time needed to help guide in matters of the heart and difficult decisions. Minimizing fear and regret for all and providing for a peaceful passing at home is the best way to set up for success at the end of a life well lived.

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  • "Dr Allen is absolutely amazing. I contacted her because my elderly cat Clara was very ill, and needed to be put to sleep. My regular veterinarian did not do House Calls and I wanted Clara's passing to be as comfortable as possible- in her own home, on her own bed, surrounded by peace and love. Dr Allen came to my home within three hours of my phone call. She was overwhelmingly kind to both Clara and me. Clara's passing was completely serene, which was exactly what I wanted. I CAN NOT recommend Dr Allen's veterinary services enough. She is simply a WONDERFUL veterinarian, and all pets deserve a doctor like her."
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