The staff at All Creatures Care Cottage Veterinary Hospital in Costa Mesa are pet parents just like you. We understand the emotions that are behind every decision you make about your pet’s care. As your pet grows older, we provide care with the utmost respect and compassion, helping you to assess your companion’s quality of life and enabling you to transition from general care to end-of-life care when the time comes. Throughout the process of hospice care or euthanasia, the human-animal bond that has been created over a lifetime together is something that we understand.
End-of-life care may involve palliative treatment that manages pain and other symptoms associated with terminal illness or advanced age. Our goal is to manage the highest possible quality of life for your pet and your family as we guide you through a difficult time with the support and compassion you need. We will answer your questions and give you a shoulder to lean on when needed.
End-of-life care at All Creatures Care Cottage Veterinary Hospital explained by Dr. Rand Spongberg.
What is end-of-life care?
End-of-life care is unique and also a hard thing. You spend a lifetime with your pet and is always a difficult decision to make as when to put down. That’s something we like to work closely with the owners so that we have the right time, not too soon or not too late.
Why should someone choose end-of-life care?
The silver lining on end-of-life care is not to make the pet suffer. If the pet’s suffering from a terminal disease or something that cannot be cured, end-of-life can be a good option.
How does the end-of-life care procedure work?
It’s a very peaceful process for the pet and completely painless. We typically give two injections. One is an anesthetic to put the pet under anesthesia. The second one is euthanasia. I would like to say it as ‘it turns off the lights upstairs’. The pet goes to sleep and doesn’t wake back up.
The option of euthanasia
While we hope that all of our patients will enjoy full, long lives, we recognize that pets may get injured or become very ill. Aging can significantly diminish quality of life, as well. Many pet parents consider euthanasia a compassionate act of love for a lifelong friend. The staff at All Creatures Care Cottage Veterinary Hospital is always here to help you assess your pet’s needs. Some of the indications that euthanasia may be something to consider include:
- Chronic pain that cannot be managed with medication or other therapies.
- Weight loss and dehydration occur due to frequent diarrhea or vomiting.
- A pet refuses to eat.
- A pet experiences frequent incontinence.
- The joy of living has decreased dramatically. Your pet no longer seems to enjoy interaction with you or other family members, or does not want to play or go for walks.
- Breathing has become labored or your pet coughs persistently.
- Standing and walking are difficult for your pet.
An important aspect to pet parents facing the end of their companion’s life is what to do after the pet’s passing. Whether your pet has passed away at home or you have elected compassionate, humane euthanasia in our Costa Mesa veterinary clinic, you may choose to bury your pet as accepted by city ordinance or to have your pet cremated. We can discuss your options for communal or private cremation.
You are not alone as you see your pet through the final stages of life. Rely on the expert care of our team for respectful end-of-life care. Call (949) 430-7576 today.
Dr. Rand Spongberg, BSc, BVMS
Dr. Spongberg prioritizes his relationships with the owners of the pets that are brought to him for help as maintaining a bond of trust and respect allows for him to better diagnose, treat and help the animals that come to him. Quality of work has always been a part of his repertoire and giving animals the best possible care whilst under his control is something Dr. Spongberg is happy to be responsible for.
In addition to being a service oriented person with a genuine compassion for animals, Dr. Spongberg maintains active memberships at the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association and is the proud new owner of All Creatures Care Cottage Veterinary Hospital.