Although we don’t want to think about it, all pet owners know that our time with our four-legged friends will one day come to an end. Loving and supportive pet end of life care is an absolute necessity when it comes to providing a peaceful transition for our beloved companions. The team at Mobile Vet MD is here to support you every step of the way.
Comfort is Key
The love and devotion we show our pets is especially important in their final days, and the alleviation of pain and suffering is critical when it comes to their quality of life. The most important thing you can do for an elderly or ill pet is to keep them comfortable
- Make sure your pet sees their veterinarian regularly and that health conditions are treated as they arise (undiagnosed conditions can lead to further discomfort and worsening of overall wellness).
- Set up comfortable beds for your pet near the family’s activities, so they can still feel included.
- Keep up with your pet’s hygiene, including grooming and toothbrushing. Check your pet regularly for signs of incontinence (we’re happy to advise you on how to help an incontinent pet).
- Just because your pet is a senior doesn’t mean they don’t need as much love and affection. Shower your pet with attention to remind them that they’re still a valuable family member.
Call us immediately if your pet shows signs of pain, such as excessive panting, obvious agitation, whimpering/vocalization, refusal to move, or loss of appetite.
Palliative and Hospice Care
Depending on the situation, palliative or hospice care can be a loving option when you and your veterinarian have determined that your pet’s condition is no longer treatable. Palliative or hospice care is mainly provided by you at your home; it involves making your pet’s last days or weeks as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Dr. Mary Kwacz is available to assist and advise you in the following areas of palliative care:
- Proper use of pain medications
- Appropriate dietary strategies (to encourage eating and diminish digestive upset)
- Interaction with family members and other loving humans and pets
Please keep in mind that palliative care is not meant to unnecessarily prolong the life of a suffering pet, but rather to create an atmosphere of dignity and support in their final days.
When the Time Comes
When your pet’s quality of life has deteriorated beyond a certain point, you and your veterinarian may need to consider whether euthanasia is appropriate. As difficult as it can be to make that decision, relieving your pet of their suffering might be the most humane and loving thing you can do for them.
At Mobile Vet MD, we understand how important it is to provide the best possible pet end of life care for all our treasured patients. We’re available to answer your questions and to provide support for both you and your pet. When the time comes, we offer a peaceful, stress-free option for euthanasia in our mobile unit or in the comfort of your own home. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.