Many pet owners are faced with difficult decisions regarding end of life care for their beloved dogs and cats. It is important to all of us at North Shore Family Pet Hospital to assist our clients as much as we can, especially when it is time for them to make medical decisions for an aging or injured pet. If your pet has experienced a long-term illness or recent trauma, we are here to help you find the medical option best suited for your family and your pet.
We begin every quality of life discussion with a review of the pet’s health history and current lifestyle. You and your family members provide valuable input regarding changes in the pet’s behavior, appetite, and mobility. This information, combined with a comprehensive physical exam, enables our veterinarians to help assess the pet’s quality of life and provide helpful feedback to you. We will never pressure you to make any specific decisions regarding the life of your pet. We understand that every person has a different timeline and we will make every effort to ensure that you and your pet are as comfortable as possible throughout the decision-making process.
If the level of suffering appears to be too great to overcome with intervention, we may offer euthanasia as an option for a peaceful goodbye. Prior to recommending this option, we will answer all of your questions, discuss all medical options available to you and your pet and offer support and guidance so you may make the right decision for your pet and your family.