Tucson Mobile Pet Euthanasia
The aging process for any pet raises concerns about the care an animal receives near the end of his or her life. Depending on his or her quality of life, you want to provide appropriate care until he or she passes on. At Desert Paws, we recognize the complicated emotions associated with end of life care and will provide the assistance you need to help your loved one feel at ease during the last days and weeks of his or her life.
What is End of Life Care?
End of life care refers to the treatments a veterinarian provides to aging animal companions. Essentially, it is the treatment an animal needs to manage pain and discomfort throughout the aging process. It also refers to euthanasia that we might recommend when pets suffer from health conditions or pain.
A pet owner never wants to consider the loss of a beloved animal, but you also want to limit the amount of pain pets experience toward the end of their life. At Desert Paws, we make recommendations based on the health of the animal and the specific situation.
Evaluating Healthcare Options
Healthcare options for older pets depend on their situation and needs. Generally, we recommend regular visits with us to keep track of any changes to a pet’s health and well-being. When we notice changes to an animal’s quality of life, we may suggest hospice care or euthanasia.
We usually recommend euthanasia when an animal’s quality of life rapidly declines from sicknesses and pain. Signs of pain in an older animal companion include:
- Gasping for breath or heavy panting
- Seeming reluctant to move
- Changing eating habits, particularly a loss of appetite
- Avoiding owners or other pets in the house
- Difficulty moving
- Making noises that signal pain, such as whining
Signs of pain and discomfort vary between animals and many older pets do not show obvious signs. Pay attention to any changes in behavior and discuss any concerns with our staff when you notice any obvious signs of pain or discomfort.
Helping a Pet Pass On
Deciding to help an animal pass on is a difficult decision for any pet owner. Generally, we recommend hospice care and euthanasia when pets show signs of severe pain or rapidly decline in health.
Helping pets pass on allows owners to remember their four-legged friend when he or she was healthy and active.
Aging is a natural process and pets age at a faster pace than humans, but they bring so much happiness and joy into our lives. When you notice strange behavior from your aging animal companion, you can talk to us at Desert Paws for more details about treatments available for aging pets or to set up an appointment with us.