End of Life Pet Care
A difficult decision.
When a pet’s quality of life deteriorates to the point where they experience more bad days than good days, you may be faced with the difficult decision regarding whether to choose euthanasia.
The same way we provide compassionate care for pets in their early days, we’re prepared to support you and provide end of life care for them during their last. As partners in your pet’s health, we’ll make sure you’re informed about all potential treatment options before you make a decision. We understand that making that kind of choice is never easy, but we promise to be there every step of the way.
Should you decide euthanasia is the right choice for your pet, we’ll prepare you for the process and answer any questions you may have about what’s going to happen. We hope you’ll find some comfort knowing our humane methods will ensure your pet is laid to rest peacefully.
Coping with Pet Loss
Pets are family and losing them comes with the same grief as any other loss. If you’re struggling with grief following the loss of your pet, remember to:
- Give yourself time to mourn and cry
- Do your best to stick to your regular routine
- Talk about your feelings with family, friends, or even our hospital staff
- Memorialize your pet in a way that’s special to you
You can use these resources if you need additional support:
Pet Loss Support Hotline at Cornell
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (EST), Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
- The Loss of a Pet, by Wallace Sife
- Companion Animal Death, by Mary F. Stewart
- Coping With Sorrow, by Moira Anderson
- Coping With The Loss of a Pet, by Christina M. Lemiux
- Absent Friend: Coping with the Loss of a Treasured Friend, by Laura and Martyn Lee
- Final Farewell: Preparing For and Mourning the Loss of Your Pet, by Marty Tousley and Katherine Heuerman
- Healing the Pain of Pet Loss: Letters in Memorium, edited by Kymberly Smith, The Charles Press.
Please reach out to us at (269) 422-1176 if there’s anything we can do for you.