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.
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.